Victim in Topaz Lake boating accident identified as Reno man

Published: May. 7, 2022 at 8:51 PM PDT
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GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (KOLO) - A person who died in a boating accident at Topaz Lake has been identified as a 32-year-old Reno man.

Jacques “Jack” Castaneda drowned in Saturday’s incident after the boat he was on capsized in stormy conditions, the Nevada Department of Wildlife reported.

Deputies responded May 7, 2022 to an overturned boat with several people in the water about 200 feet from shore.

Three people were rescued including one adult and two minors, NDOW reported.

Castaneda was found unresponsive in the water. Deputies performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The other three were treated and released on scene. According to NDOW, neither of the adults were wearing life jackets when the boat capsized.

“Obviously, our thoughts and prayers to out to the family of this young man,” said Game Warden Captain Brian Bowles, Boating Law Administrator for Nevada. “Accidents like this are the reason you always check the weather report before you head out. You never want to be in the middle of the lake when a storm rolls in like it did today.”

Bowles questions whether the cold water might also have played a role. He explained that the water at Topaz Lake is currently in the low 50′s, making it extremely difficult for anyone to have been able to swim to shore.

“The average person would start to lose muscle control within the first few minutes,” he said. “That is why we always ask everyone to wear a life jacket when they are on the water. You just never know what is going to happen.”

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