Kayaker seriously injured in collision with ski boat at Tahoe

Tuesday July 09, 2002

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A kayaker from the San Francisco Bay area was in serious condition Monday after a collision with a ski boat at Lake Tahoe, authorities said. 

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies said the collision occurred shortly after noon at the entrance to Emerald Bay on Tahoe’s west shore. 

The kayaker, Steve Fletcher, 50, of Santa Cruz, was flown to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev., where he underwent surgery for severe leg and foot injuries. 

Hospital spokeswoman Judy Davis said Fletcher was in serious condition on Monday. 

An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way and the sheriff’s office said no further information would be released until it was complete. 

The people aboard the ski boat pulled the kayaker into their boat after the collision and transported him to the nearby Vikingsholm pier, deputies said. 

Emergency personnel stabilized the kayaker’s injuries at the pier before he was picked up by helicopter and flown to the Reno hospital. 

Both the kayaker and ski boat operator, an unidentified man from Boise, Idaho, were vacationing at Tahoe.