Woman dies after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning at Nacimiento Lake

clambert@thetribunenews.comMay 30, 2013 

Nacimiento Lake

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A 23-year-old Salinas woman who was hospitalized Sunday for carbon monoxide poisoning while boating on Nacimiento Lake has died.

Sandy Krystal Valencia was declared legally dead Monday, but remained on life support until Thursday, when an organ donation procedure was completed, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

Valencia and a man were both hospitalized Sunday after the 4 p.m. incident. The pair had evidently been sitting in the stern of their boat and inhaled exhaust from the engine, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla said earlier this week.

Sheriff’s deputies and Monterey County park rangers were flagged down to provide aid. The woman was not breathing, and deputies and rangers performed CPR, Cipolla said. Both victims were taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton via ambulance.

The man’s name and his condition were not available Thursday.

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