Courtesy of South Tahoe Now
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A 49-year-old Minden woman died as a result of falling off her paddleboard on the Upper Truckee River in South Lake Tahoe last week.
The woman, Stephanie Waggoner, owned and operated Appoggio core training studio in Gardnerville, was active with the Main Street Gardnerville and Project Santa Claus organizations among others.
She was paddleboarding on the Upper Truckee with friends on the afternoon of June 7 when she reportedly hit a downed tree and fell into the cold and swift river water.
At 1:04 p.m., South Lake Tahoe Police and Fire Rescue received the emergency call.
Sgt. Jason Cheney was less than a minute away and was first on the scene. He pulled off his vest and jumped into the water. He commandeered a paddle board from an individual at the scene and paddled out to Waggoner.
Cheney and a good Samaritan who had come to assist were able to free her ankle, which was tethered to the board and keeping her underwater.
The victim had been wearing a life preserver but it fell off during rescue attempts prior to the Cheney’s arrival.
He then got Waggoner to shore near the Highway 50 bridge by 1:10 p.m. and immediately started lifesaving procedures. Paramedics arrived, took over CPR and transported her in an ambulance to take her to Barton Hospital.
After doctors stabilized her heartbeat, she was transported to Renown in Reno by CalStar, where she later passed away.
The Washoe County Coroner’s Office will likely release the cause of death Tuesday or Wednesday.
The South Tahoe Now story can be found here.