Boater Missing For Months Found 1,500 Feet Below Lake Tahoe: Report

by Halle Ames
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After being reported missing in August, a 29-year-old boater’s body has been found 1,500 feet below the surface in Lake Tahoe, says police.

Ryan Normoyle was reported missing after his rented ski boat washed up on Nevada’s shoreline on August 10. According to a South Lake Tahoe news release, the man had recordings of himself jumping into the water from the boat earlier that day.

As the boat slowly floated away, Normoyle couldn’t swim fast enough to catch the vessel that was still in gear. He later drowned.

Police used GPS data from his cellphone to aid in the search; however, the authorities did not find his body on this occasion.

His family turned to Bruce’s Legacy, “a nonprofit organization that specializes in underwater body recovery.” The nonprofit, along with police and firefighters, searched the lake again and found his body last Thursday, said the release.

Normoyle’s body was located underwater at 1,565 feet, near the GPS coordinates from his cellphone. Authorities recovered the young man’s body on Saturday.

According to Keith Cormican, the founder of Bruce’s Legacy, this incident was the deepest body recovery ever recorded in the United States, as well as in Canada, according to the release.

In 2018, the police recovered a body in the same lake at 1,062 feet below the surface of the water.

Ryan Normoyle was from New Jersey.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is located on the border of Nevada and California. It is the largest alpine lake in North America, covering 191 square miles, with 72 miles of beautiful shoreline.

Lake Tahoe is also the second deepest lake in the United States at 1,646 feet. Crater Lake in Oregon is the deepest lake at 1,949 feet.

In addition, more than 75 percent of the lake is national forest land.

The lake, however, still attracts many tourists for both winter and summer outdoor activities.

[H/T Yahoo News]