Sacto 9-1-1
May 22, 2012
Skydiver dies, two others rescued after landing in Lake Tahoe

The body of a skydiver has been recovered from the waters of Lake Tahoe.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 29-year-old Robert Ranieri of South Lake Tahoe. He was one of three skydivers who landed in the lake. The other two were rescued, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

The Sheriff's Office began receiving calls about 8:45 a.m. regarding a skydiving accident near Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe. The callers reported that three skydivers had landed in the lake and all appeared to be in distress.

Sheriff's patrol and marine units responded to the area along with the U.S. Coast Guard, South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, California Fish and Game, and California Highway Patrol and Fallon Air Force Base air units. Two of the skydivers were rescued, but the third could not be found.

At 10:45 a.m., searchers found Ranieri submerged in the lake. Divers recovered the body.

The rescued skydivers told authorities that they and Ranieri were experienced in skydiving, They said they had paid for a helicopter flight with the intent to skydive over Lake Tahoe and land on the shoreline near Camp Richardson. Due to unforeseen circumstances, all three ended up in the water.

The Sheriff's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the accident.

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