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UPDATED: Body of Tacoma fisherman found in Green River

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 13, 2011 at 10:20 am |
October 13, 2011 4:27 pm

UPDATED:

The body of a Tacoma fisherman who was swept away Wednesday night was found in the Green River about 3 p.m., according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

INITIAL POST:

A 35-year-old Tacoma man was presumed drowned after he lost his footing while fishing Wednesday night in the Green River and was swept away by the swift current.

Members of the King County Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Unit will be out today to search for the man.

The man had been wading across nearly waist-deep water with a friend about 6:20 p.m., according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. They were fishing near the 11200 block of the Auburn-Black Diamond Road off state Route 18.

“When the man lost his footing, his hip-waders started to fill with water,” the release stated.

Several other fishermen tried to rescue the man, reaching out to him with their fishing poles. At least one person jumped in after the man, deputies reported.

“However, the current was too swift and the victim was swept away,” the press release stated.

The man was last seen floating into a log jam down river.

The man’s name has not been released.

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