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UPDATED: Swimmer drowns at American Lake

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 9, 2010 at 5:43 am |
July 9, 2010 11:57 am

A 21-year-old Tacoma man apparently drowned Thursday night in American Lake, the Lakewood Fire Department reported.

Firefighters were called to the popular lake about 8:30 p.m. for a missing swimmer. A group had been boating on the water since late afternoon and called 911 when Zachery Berry didn’t return to shore, the Fire Department reported.

Berry had jumped from the boat in the afternoon to swim the 100 feet to shore. He was then going to return to the boat but never did.

“When he did not return, his friends started their own search,” the Fire Department reported.

Lakewood police and fire divers located Berry’s body about 9:30 p.m. in 12 feet of water.

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