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Rescuers suspend search for boaters in Donner Lake

A search for two boaters who disappeared into the icy waters of Donner Lake was suspended Friday evening because of strong winds and heavy waves.

“We suspended the search at sunset. The winds are too high. The water’s too dangerous,” Truckee Police Sgt. Robert Womack said.

Winds were blowing at about 15 mph with 2-to-3-foot-high white caps, Womack said. The water temperature was about 40 degrees, he said.

Those same conditions may have capsized the boat in which two tourists, both men in their 30s, were paddling in Friday afternoon, he said.

“We don't believe they were wearing life jackets,” Womack said.

The men were vacationing at Donner Lake, he said. Police did not release their names. Their families were being contacted, Womack said.

Witnesses reported the men going into the water and not coming out at about 4:45 p.m., Womack said. A search ensued that included boats, divers and a helicopter before it was called off.

The search will resume Saturday morning.

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