Woman who died at Lake Tahoe waterfall identified

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EMERALD BAY, CA (KOLO)-- Sunday update: The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman who died Friday in a fall near Emerald Bay as Dina Espinosa, 35, of the San Francisco area.

Eagle Falls. Photo from North Tahoe Fire Protection District

The sheriff’s office said Espinosa was sitting in a pool of water near Eagle Falls, She slipped while reaching for a branch and was swept away by the fast moving spring melt waters over the waterfall.

Rescue crews responded immediately, but by the time they found her she was dead, the sheriff’s office said.

California State Parks is investigating the accident.

Original story:A woman died Friday while taking pictures in the Eagle Falls area of Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay, the North Tahoe Fire Protection District reported.

The Tahoe Truckee Regional Rescue Team responded to recover her body about 3 p.m. May 31, 2019. She was taking photos at the falls, lost her footing and went over, authorities said. The woman is believed to be in her 20s.

They asked people to avoid the area while the investigation is completed. Eagle Falls is about 11 miles west of South Lake Tahoe.

“This is a sad reminder to be cautious when taking selfies and other photos in dangerous areas,” the district said. “Don't underestimate the power of water falls, rivers, and cold water temperatures.”

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