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'Third most deadly body of water': Lake Tahoe officials stress water safety after record deadly summer

After a record number of deaths on Lake Tahoe last year, authorities are hoping people who head to the lake this year will be better informed of the dangers the water poses. “It is the third most deadly body of water in the state of California,” said Marine Safety Officer Heather Carlquist with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. “It’s a big lake, it’s a deep lake and it’s also really cold.” Carlquist said cold water immersion is a factor in many tragedies that happen on Lake Tahoe and can impact even the strongest swimmers. She strongly recommends that anyone heading onto the water – even if they don’t intend to get in it, wear a life vest.

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