Body pulled from Lake Tahoe identified

South Lake Tahoe Fire personnel photo courtesy DCSO
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KOLO) - UPDATE: The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the body recovered from Lake Tahoe is that of 33-year-old Chaitanya Datla of Cameron Park, California.

Datla had disappeared a week earlier after jumping into Lake Tahoe without a life jacket.

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>strong>ORIGINAL STORY: The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, Marine 7 recovered a body Monday from a depth of 1,062 feet in Lake Tahoe. The recovery was made while searching for a missing person who reportedly drowned the week before. The name of the person found Monday has not been released.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office says this search and recovery effort September 17, 2018 was unprecedented in Lake Tahoe because of extreme depths and technology needed to facilitate this type of recovery. The technology, an underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV), was recently donated to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office by a resident, and DCSO offered its assistance to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Douglas County marine deputies recently completed ROV and SONAR training with Bruce's Legacy, a non-profit search and recovery group from Wisconsin that was instrumental in other recoveries around the region and nation.

South Lake Tahoe Fire and Rescue Marine 17 responded to assist Douglas County Sheriff Marine 7 with the body recovery. The South Lake Tahoe Fire and Rescue Marine Unit was also donated by the same resident who donated the ROV.

According to a statement, "The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is extremely thankful to our partners around Lake Tahoe. This search and recovery would not have been successful without the private donations from a local resident, training by Bruce's Legacy, and the assistance from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, South Lake Tahoe Fire and Rescue Marine Unit, the Tahoe Douglas Fire Marine Unit, El Dorado County SAR, Washoe County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, and the United States Coast Guard."


ROV image courtesy DCSO
South Lake Tahoe Fire personnel photo courtesy DCSO
Marine 7 file photo courtesy DCSO
Douglas Sheriff personnel photo courtesy DCSO