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UPDATED: Spanaway man died during swim off Solo Point

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 14, 2009 at 10:17 am |
September 14, 2009 2:12 pm

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing swimmer near DuPont.

Two men became separated from a third man about 100 yards from shore near DuPont on Saturday. The two men back it back to shore and called for help, the Coast Guard reported.

Two Coast Guard rescue boats and a rescue helicopter assisted Lakewood fire, Anderson Island fire, DuPont fire and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department’s dive team in looking for the missing swimmer. The searchers spent nearly three hours combing an 11-square mile area.

The search was suspended early Sunday, the Coast Guard reported.

UPDATE: The swimmer’s body was found later Sunday.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified him as Logan Ernsbarger, 21, of Spanaway. He was swimming off Solo Point with friends and family when something happened.

The cause of Ernsbarger’s death was pending further investigation, the Medical Examiner’s Office reported today.

UPDATE 2: Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer reports Ernsbarger, his brother and a friend were swimming on Solo Point, located near where the Nisqually River empties into the Puget Sound, on Saturday night.

The three were swimming from a sandbar to an abandoned boat when Ernsbarger got pulled away by the tide, Troyer said.

The other two called for help just after 9 p.m. The Sheriff’s Department sent out a boat and divers. DuPont Fire and the U.S. Coast Guard also responded.

“The water is cold,” Troyer said. “It was dark.”

Searchers looked into the early morning hours but could not find Ernsbarger. His body was located the next day. Divers recovered the young man’s body.

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