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UPDATED: Tacoma man drowns during late night canoe outing on Lakewood lake

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 24, 2012 at 9:23 am with 6 Comments »
April 24, 2012 12:08 pm

UPDATED at 12:08 p.m.

A 24-year-old Tacoma man drowned early Sunday when his canoe overturned on Lake Steilacoom.

Nickolas Munson was pronounced dead at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood.

Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler gave this account.

Munson and his girlfriend had spent Saturday at a friend’s house near the lake. Around midnight, the girlfriend wanted to leave but Munson wanted to stay.

Munson and his 23-year-old friend went to the dock and eventually got into the canoe. They went out onto to the lake, where they were singing and rocking in the canoe until it capsized about 100 yards from shore.

The two initially were able to cling to the overturned canoe as they called for help. The friend estimated they’d been in the water for about 20 minutes.

A neighbor heard their cries for help and grabbed life jackets to help. When the friend neared shore, he noticed that Munson was not with him.

Divers from West Pierce Fire & Rescue responded and found Munson less than five minutes later in about nine feet of water.

They brought him to shore and paramedics took him to St. Clare, where he was pronounced dead. A memorial page for Munsion has been set up on Facebook here.

Lawler said the drowning was accidental. The department’s Marine Services Unit was investigating was happened and what equipment was needed – if any – on board the canoe.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. nosugarcoating says:

    who said the were sleeping?

  2. itwasntmethistime says:

    Oh. I guess nobody did. The title says “overnight” canoe trip and I jumped to the conclusion that there would be sleeping involved sometime during the night. Silly me.

  3. sunshine0189 says:

    This story has incorrect information he is not 29. Also itwasntmethistime they werent sleeping in the canoe. They were just out at night.

  4. sunshine0189: My mistake. I have updated the story to say he was 24. Thanks. Stacey

  5. sunshine0189 says:

    When you are young you do reckless things. Everyone has. Your comment is uncalled for. The world lost a great man over the weekend. You should really think of the affect your comment will have on those close to him.

  6. Sad he looked like he why as in the water alot so not sure why he was not able to make it to shore. 100 yards should be a breeze for someone who knows how to swim. My condolences.

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