Two drown after pedal boat sinks on Topaz Lake, victims identified


    Topaz Lake fatal boat accident

    The Nevada Department of Wildlife is investigating a pedal boating accident where two men drowned in Topaz Lake on Saturday, January 12.

    Officials say the three were fishing on a pedal boat in Topaz Lake.

    One of the passengers, Scott Wise, was rescued and has been released from Carson Valley Medical Center after medical treatment and the two other men drowned.

    According to officials, once the boat started to take on water, Wise remained with the boat while the other two drowned while apparently swimming to shore.

    Both bodies were recovered from the lake, according to the Sheriff's Office.

    The investigation determined that all three men were not wearing life vests, nor were there any vests on the boat.

    45-year-old Bert Pederson from Sparks and 50-year-old Jesse Gregory from Sparks have been identified as the two drowning victims, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office says.

    The family of Pederson has made a GoFundMe account for his funeral. If you would like to help and donate, click here.

    Douglas Counnty Search and Rescue Team, Washoe County Search and Rescue Team, East Fork Fire Department, and the Nevada Department of Wildlife worked together on the case.

    Topaz Lake fatal boat accident

    The Washoe County Sheriff's Hasty Team also assisted with the search.

    Officials say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor. The investigation is ongoing.

    Topaz Campground and Park will be closed until further notice.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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