Body of missing boater recovered at Lake Tahoe

Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 10:34 AM PDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2020 at 3:06 PM PDT
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. (KOLO) - The body of a New Jersey man who went missing while boating on Lake Tahoe has been recovered more than 1,500 feet under the water’s surface, the deepest recovery in Lake Tahoe, according to police.

Ryan Normoyle, 29, rented a boat August 10, 2020. That night around 6 p.m., the boat washed ashore in Glenbrook, near the east shore of the lake, but Normoyle wasn’t on it.

South Lake Tahoe Police started a missing persons investigation with the help of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. They determined Ryan had recorded himself jumping off the boat, but the boat was left slightly in gear and moving forward at a slow speed. Investigators think Ryan couldn’t swim fast enough to catch it.

The phone captured GPS data while recording and provided a possible location for a search and rescue operation. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit (Marine 7) and Washoe County Marine Unit (Marine 9) responded and deployed their Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV’s) to search the area.

After searching the area for several days with no luck, a UC Davis Research Team was called to provide additional data on the water currents and conditions the day Normoyle went missing. Normoyle’s family also reached out to Keith Cormican from Bruce’s Legacy, a nonprofit organization that specializes in underwater body recovery.

On September 24, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department started another search with the assistance of Bruce’s Legacy, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department. Two days later, Normoyle was found 1,565 feet under water near the GPS coordinates that were collected from his phone.

His body was recovered September 27th.

Keith Cormican, founder of Bruce’s Legacy said this is the deepest recorded recovery in the United States and Canada. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department said previously, the deepest recovery in Lake Tahoe was in 2018 at a depth of 1,062 feet.

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