An Elk Grove teenager died Monday in a watercraft collision on Lake Camanche days after graduating from high school, officials said.
Emily Uyeno, 18, was pronounced dead Monday at Sutter Amador Hospital’s emergency room, according to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.
A deputy was on boat patrol when he noticed two Jet Skis on the lake – and a man on one of the vessels waving for him for help, the Sheriff’s Office said. When the deputy approached the two vessels, he saw Uyeno in the water.
The deputy lifted the unresponsive teen into his patrol boat and assisted the man, Uyeno’s friend, aboard. He also began resuscitation efforts to try to save Uyeno’s life, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy piloted his patrol boat to the north shore marina. CPR continued before the arrival of medical personnel, who then transported her to the hospital.
A sheriff’s investigation revealed that the watercraft being used by Uyeno and her friend collided, causing the teen to be thrown into the water. The Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation to determine exactly what caused the crash. At this time, alcohol does not appear to be a factor.
Lake Camanche is about 20 miles east of Galt.
Uyeno graduated from Rio Cazadero High School less than a week before her death, according to Tramaine Lott, a web communications specialist for the Elk Grove Unified School District.
Photographs on Uyeno’s Instagram page showed her donning a red graduation cap and gown, smiling with a diploma in hand. “We made it!!” the caption read.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time of loss,” said Elk Grove Unified spokeswoman Xanthi Pinkerton in an email. “According to the staff and principal at Rio, she was a great and cheerful student. Additional counseling services will be provided for students and staff next Monday when summer school starts at Rio and will be available for as long as it is needed.”