Body recovered of Missing Person in South Lake Tahoe

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On September 17, 2018, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit recovered a body from a depth of 1,062 feet in Lake Tahoe. The recovery was made while searching for a missing person, who reportedly drowned the week prior. The decedent has been positively identified as 33 year old Chaitanya Datla of Cameron Park, Ca, the missing person from last week. Next of kin notifications have been made.

This search and recovery effort was unprecedented in Lake Tahoe due to the extreme depths and the technology needed to facilitate this type of recovery. The technology, an underwater remote operated vehicle, was recently donated to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office by a local resident and they graciously offered their assistance to El Dorado County. The Douglas County deputies recently completed ROV and SONAR training with Bruce’s Legacy, a non-profit search and recovery group out of Wisconsin that was instrumental in other recoveries around the region and nation.

South Lake Tahoe Fire and Rescue Marine 17 responded to assist Douglas County Sheriff Marine 7 with recovery. The South Lake Tahoe Fire and Rescue Marine Unit were also donated by the same local resident that donated the ROV.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is extremely thankful to our partners around Lake Tahoe. This search and recovery would not have been successful without the private donations from a local resident, training by Bruce’s Legacy, and the assistance from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, South Lake Tahoe Fire and Rescue Marine Unit, the Tahoe Douglas Fire Marine Unit, El Dorado County SAR, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit, and the United States Coast Guard.

Missing Person on South Lake Tahoe

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On September 9, 2018, at about 6:30 pm, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was called regarding a possible drowning on South Lake Tahoe.   Chaitanya Datla, A 32 year old man from Cameron Park was on a rental boat with family members on the lake.  It was reported that Chaitanya jumped off the boat to swim in the water without a life vest. While he was swimming, the boat floated away from him. Family members on board called 911 when Chaitanya disappeared under the surface of the water.

South Lake Tahoe Police Department had originally been called and responded on the lake in an attempt to locate the victim. The United States Coast Guard also deployed a boat to the area conducting a parallel and expanding square search of the area. This area of the lake has a depth of around 1,100 feet and no signs of life were found.

The following morning, EDSO Dive team, along with US Coast Guard, South Lake Tahoe PD, and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, searched the same area of the lake and did not locate Chaitanya. The Sheriff’s Office is still looking for Chaitanya, who has been listed as a missing person. The accident investigation is being conducted by South Lake Tahoe PD.

SAREX 2018

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

Over the weekend, El Dorado County is hosting SAREX 2018 (Search and Rescue Exercise) in South Lake Tahoe. This is a statewide exercise with over 500 search and rescue volunteers and professional rescuers from around the state. The weekend long exercise will include air, water, and off highway vehicle operations.

Due to this exercise, you may see increased activity of emergency vehicles, including helicopters, and we do not want you to be concerned. If you are worried about being notified of a possible emergency situation in your area, we recommend that you sign up for Code Red Alerts at ready.edso.org. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ElDoradoSheriff.