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The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office identified 72-year-old William Smallfield as the man whose body was recovered Sunday after half a dozen skaters fell through the ice at Stampede Meadows Reservoir.
Smallfield was a Truckee resident.
Original story below:
SIERRA COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — One person died after half a dozen people fell through the ice Saturday afternoon while skating in Sierra County.
Sierra County Sheriff’s Office officials told FOX40 that eight people had been skating on the lake at Stampede Meadows Reservoir when the ice broke and six of the skaters went into the water.
While the other two skaters were helping pull people out of the water, the sheriff’s office said one of the skaters who was the farthest away from the group went under and out of sight.
Witnesses reported the location of the lost skater to search crews, but despite sending multiple dive teams and emergency flights to the lake, the sheriff’s office said they were unable to find the skater Saturday.
By late Sunday morning, Washoe County Hasty Team and Placer County Dive Team members found a body and were able to recover it, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The only injury reported was a dislocated shoulder. That person was flown to Tahoe Forest Hospital for treatment.
Rescue personnel flown into the area by helicopter were able to provide medical aid to five people after they got themselves out of the icy water.
Truckee Fire officials are warning the public to stay off the ice on area lakes.
“It is impossible to know the safety and stability of the ice, especially with the recent warmer temperatures,” Truckee Fire officials advised in their post.