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Man swimming at park dies despite help from diver

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Sep. 1, 2008 at 7:01 pm |
September 1, 2008 7:01 pm

A 40-year-old man drowned Monday afternoon in Lake Tapps, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Witnesses told East Pierce County Fire and Rescue officials that the man was trying to cross the swimming area at Lake Tapps North Park with a friend when he disappeared beneath the water.

He drowned about 4:30 p.m. according to a statement released by East Pierce Fire and Rescue.

A Sheriff’s Department diver, already on the scene, recovered the man within 10 minutes of his going under, but medical personnel at the scene were not able to revive him, Troyer said.

Additional divers from East Pierce Fire and Rescue, Valley Regional Fire Authority and three more from the sheriff’s department also responded.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities presume the man drowned, but don’t know if he had some type of medical problem.

Steve Maynard and Craig Hill, The News Tribune

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