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Palo Alto man drowns in Lake Tahoe

Original post made on May 11, 2022

A local businessperson died in Lake Tahoe after falling out of a boat on Thursday, a El Dorado County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said.

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Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 11, 2022 at 11:24 am

Consider Your Options. is a registered user.

Very sad. To his family and friends, I am sorry for your loss.

Wear a life jacket, people. My father, an avid sailor, taught me to ALWAYS wear a life jacket. He said many boaters die by drowning when they slip on the boat and hit their heads and go unconscious. I don't know if that happened here, but it's a common boating accident. If you are unconscious in the water due to injury or cold, the jacket will keep your head above water. Wear your life jacket, even if you are a good swimmer. I am a strong competitive swimmer, but Dad always made me don a life jacket on his boat. It's a practice I follow still.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of Nixon School
on May 11, 2022 at 6:23 pm

MyFeelz is a registered user.

Even though it's May, Lake Tahoe rarely gets above 50 degrees this time of year. As few as five degrees below your regular body temperature, hypothermia can set in, in mere minutes. Since the water temperature that day was 50 degrees below his body temperature, it's highly probable that hypothermia set in very quickly. Even though the cause of death was listed as drowning, it's pretty rare for an adult with even minimum swimming skills to survive 15 minutes in 45 degree water, even if he had a flotation device. I've been to Tahoe, mostly in August, and could barely stand to dip a toe in. I also got a wicked 2nd degree sunburn -- due to its proxmity to the sun. Without sunscreen, it's like being in a barbecue. Tahoe is a place of extremes. Know before you go. May Mr. Fletcher rest in peace.

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