4 on sailboat barely survive Lake Tahoe storm; South Shore marina loses rental boat

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By Kathryn Reed - A rental boat at Camp Richardson capsizes May 7. Photo/Bob Sweatt

2015-05-08, 06:23:00 PLACERVILE CA

A skipper with 30 years of experience on Lake Tahoe was barely able to make it to shore safely on Wednesday because of the 4 to 8 foot waves.

Mike Young of Incline Village left Obexer’s in Homewood about 2pm May 6 destined for Incline Village, but wound up at Camp Richardson about 7pm. By that time all four on board the vessel had their lifejackets on, the Coast Guard had been called and uncertainty was setting in.

“We were pretty close to the East Shore. We saw one little squall coming across the west to Incline and thought it would blow by and we would be good,” Young told Lake Tahoe News. “But it filled up fast.”

Someone on shore altered Young that the waves were high and the wind was howling so it would best to try to land elsewhere.

Young wasn’t worried about whether the boat could handle the storm; he just needed a place to dock.

He called the U.S. Coast Guard when he was off Zephyr Cove.

“They said when you are in trouble, call us and we will send a helicopter,” Young said.

The Coast Guard, which is stationed in Tahoe City, said the boat was not in distress. Uncertainty, alert and distress are the ...

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