Incline Village, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV)--Washoe County Sheriff's investigators are looking into what could have caused another patrol boat to sink in Lake Tahoe. Authorities say Marine 10 sank sometime overnight Wednesday night. It was discovered Thursday. Authorities said Marine 10 was a replacement to a previous boat lost in the same location in May.
Bob Harmon a spokesman with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office said the boats were moored offshore at Incline Village near the Hyatt Regincy at Lake Tahoe. Harmon said, "At this point we don't have reason to suspect that its criminal in nature but we don't want to rule anything out until we know for sure." Harmon also said investigators were looking at weather and wind to see if they were factors adding, "If you look into the history of the Lake, it is not unusual to lose boats during the course of the year because of the weather conditions."
Harmon said the boats were both 15 years old. He said, "To lose two of them within just a couple of months of each other is striking." He said the risk manager and insurance company will decide whether the boats will be repaired or if they will be replaced by new ones. The agency has three boats, Marine 9, Marine 10 and Marine 20. Marine 9 was stationed at Lake Tahoe while Marine 10 and Marine 20 can be hooked up to a trailer for use at either Lake Tahoe or Pyramid Lake. Harmon said Marine 10 was usually hooked up to its trailer at night, but on Wednesday night the boat was left in the water because the trailer was undergoing repairs.
The boats are used in searches and rescues. Harmon said despite the loss, Lake Tahoe would remain protected. He said, "We have partnerships with other agencies in Nevada and California. There is also the Coast Guard and the Nevada Division of Wildlife as well as other agencies." He added, "So it won't leave the lake absent of water protection."
If you have any information that can investigators determine why the boats sank, you are asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff's Office at 775-785-WCSO (9276).