Girl falls, dies while hiking in South Lake Tahoe

FILE - This April 12, 2012 file photo shows the clarity of Lake Tahoe near Incline Village, Nev. Climate change is changing the rules of nature scientists have followed for decades as they try to identify the causes of Lake Tahoe’s loss of clarity and chart a course to restore the ecological health of the cobalt mountain waters dubbed the ″crown jewel″ of the Sierra. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 14-year-old Minnesota girl fell 50 feet (15 meters) to her death while hiking with her family in South Lake Tahoe.

The Sacramento Bee reports Thursday that the teen slipped from a rocky outcropping Wednesday afternoon while hiking near the Vikingsholm Trail in Emerald Bay.

The El Dorado County Sheriff-Coroner’s office identified the girl as Chloe Conn of Detroit Lakes, Minn.

An off-duty law enforcement officer who was in the area began CPR on the victim before on-duty emergency crews arrived.

The teen was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, where she died.

A sheriff’s official said the girl was with her mother, father and 17-year-old brother when the fatal accident occurred.

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