Contra Costa County deputy sheriff dies in apparent drowning in Lake Tahoe

UPDATE 8:03 A.M.:CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (KRON) — Tahoe police department confirm the person Sheriff deputy Carlos Francies was rescuing survived the incident.

DETAILS: Contra Costa deputy sheriff drowned trying to rescue sister

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (KRON) — The Contra Costa County deputy sheriff died in an apparent drowning in Lake Tahoe Thursday, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Jimmy Lee.

The sheriff’s office said it was informed of the drowning of Deputy Sheriff Carlos Francies by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department Thursday afternoon. Officials said he jumped into deep lake water to save another person who was apparently drowning.

“Today we lost a dedicated Deputy Sheriff and a member of our family,” Contra Costa Sheriff David O. Livingston said. “Deputy Carlos Francies died doing what he was sworn to do: putting himself in harms way to protect the lives of others. He is a hero and an example of exactly what is right in law enforcement today. We mourn with his family, friends and colleagues.”

Both sheriff’s offices are investigating the incident.

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