TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say some of the nine boaters rescued from the frigid waters of Lake Tahoe over the weekend were on the brink of death when help arrived.
El Dorado County Sheriff's Deputy Damian Frisby said Wednesday that six of the victims were in the 49-degree water for about 45 minutes.
Winds were gusty and the water was choppy Saturday afternoon when a caller reported a motorboat was taking on water. It eventually capsized, leaving victims to cling to the hull.
Frisby says the crew of a civilian sailboat named Compromise rescued three people and helped guide sheriff and Coast Guard rescuers to the scene.
Frisby says the victims had trouble communicating and showed hypothermic symptoms such as vomiting, but were all conscious and appeared likely to recover.