Truckee man identified after falling through ice at Stampede Reservoir

Published: Feb. 5, 2022 at 4:58 PM PST|Updated: Feb. 7, 2022 at 1:06 PM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - MONDAY 1 P.M.: The ice skater whose body was pulled from Stampede Reservoir Sunday has been identified as 72-year-old William Smallfield of Truckee.

Smallfield’s body was recovered with the assistance of both Washoe County Hasty Team and the Placer County Dive Team.

SUNDAY 5:30 P.M.: An ice skater who fell through the ice Saturday and drowned at Stampede Reservoir has been found, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office reported Sunday evening.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office dive team found the body late Sunday morning.

The sheriff’s office did not release the ice skater’s name.

SUNDAY 10:35 A.M.: Six people ice skating at Stampede Reservoir in Sierra County, Calif., went through the ice Saturday afternoon, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday morning.

Two who were also skating began pulling others out of the water, the sheriff’s office said. However, the skater farthest away from the group went under and could not be rescued, the sheriff’s office said.

There were flights over the lake to look for the body and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office dive team was sent to look, but they could not find the body.

Care Flight medical helicopter took one person to Tahoe Forest Hospital for a dislocated shoulder and that person was treated and released, the sheriff’s office said. There were no other injuries reported.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office HASTY team and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office dive team continue to look for the body Sunday morning.

SUNDAY 10:15 A.M.: A rescue effort Saturday at Stampede Reservoir for ice skaters turned into a recovery effort and searchers tried to find at least one body, the Truckee Fire Protection District reported.

Several people went through the ice at the reservoir in Sierra County, Calif., TFPD reported. Five people got out of the icy water.

“We urge everyone to stay off the ice on area lakes,” TFPD said. “It is impossible to know the safety and stability of the ice, especially with the recent warmer temperatures.”

ORIGINAL STORY: There was a rescue operation Saturday afternoon near Stampede Reservoir in California.

The rescue involved at least two ice skaters. Authorities at the scene have not released the conditions of those involved.

The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of the operation and had no one immediately available to comment.

Also involved are the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office dive team and HASTY team, Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, the California Highway Patrol and agencies from Nevada County.

Stampede Reservoir is about 7 miles west of the Nevada-California border.

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