Boat patrol deputies rescue sailor

By July 27, 2011

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County sheriff’s boat patrol personnel rescued a man who was knocked out of a sailboat and almost run over by the Tahoe Queen Sunday night, said Lt. Les Lovell.
The man, whose age and place of residence were not available Tuesday morning, fell overboard about 9 p.m. after apparently hitting his head while sailing alone off of the Tahoe Keys, Lovell said.When the man came to, he realized the Tahoe Queen was bearing down on him and removed his life vest in order to dive down and avoid being hit by the paddle-wheeler, Lovell said.Tahoe Queen staff saw the man initially, but lost sight of him, Lovell said. El Dorado County boat patrol personnel arrived on scene and were able to locate the man. Staff from the paddle-wheeler assisted the patrol in establishing a search grid, Lovell said.The man was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital as a precautionary measure, Lovell said.

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