Ice Skater Drowns in Donner Lake

A rescue has turned into a recovery on the frozen surface of Donner Lake. Truckee Fire/Police Joint Dive Team went out onto the ice after reports that an ice skater had fallen through, about 100 yards from the north shore of the lake.

Witnesses say the unidentified man was skating when he suddenly fell through into the water. Divers were sent underneath the ice, swimming in the 32 degree water, but have yet to find anything.

The victim is believed to be a male adult according to witnesses. Witnesses said the skater had been skating with another person who left before the man broke through.

Authorities estimate that the spot where the skater fell through reaches depths of 240 feet.


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