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    A search continues for three people presumed dead who were involved in a single vessel accident on Folsom Lake Saturday.

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    A Placer County sheriff’s boat patrols Folsom Lake on Saturday in search of three people reported missing after a boat capsized earlier in the day.

Three missing after boat capsizes on Folsom Lake

Published: Saturday, May. 10, 2014 - 10:59 pm
Last Modified: Friday, May. 16, 2014 - 5:55 pm

As daylight faded Saturday, divers called off their search for three adults believed to have been aboard a speedboat that capsized earlier in the day on Folsom Lake. They expect to resume their efforts this morning.

“The vessel was recovered. There are some people outstanding at this point,” said Vicky Waters, deputy director for public affairs with the state’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

The accident involved a single vessel – a 35- to 40-foot speedboat, said Ryan Steele, a State Parks ranger and spokesman at the scene. On Saturday afternoon, he said law enforcement officials were working with family members to identify the number of people on board and their identities.

“We have unconfirmed reports of three individuals reported missing,” he said.

Steele said the accident occurred on the main body of the lake at about 1:45 p.m.

State Parks rangers, deputies with the El Dorado and Placer county sheriff’s offices, and rescue teams from the South Placer Fire District aided in the search.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter equipped for search-and-rescue operations also participated. Law enforcement officials established a command post at the boat-launch area in Granite Bay.

Dive teams were initially delayed because of wind gusts of 25 to 30 mph, Steele said. They entered the water in the early evening but returned to shore about 7 p.m. when they said they were losing light.

Steele said the speedboat has been secured in an undisclosed location.

Call The Bee’s Hudson Sangree, (916) 321-1191.

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