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UPDATED: Teen drowns in Lake Tapps

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on June 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
June 22, 2012 9:30 am

UPDATED FRIDAY, 9:18 A.M. by Alexis Krell:

The name of the boy is not being released by the Pierce County Medical Examiner, but may be later this afternoon.

The boy had just finished his freshman year at Bonney Lake High School, and was part of the football team there, said Sumner School District spokeswoman Ann Cook.

Teammates and coaches met at the school at 8 p.m. yesterday, and others joined to share memories of the student, she said. There were about 400 students, family and staff members at the gathering, and some wrote messages on a rock outside the school, she added.

Thursday was the last day of classes for students, but Cook said counselors are available, should families contact the school.

UPDATED: Authorities said the boy died at the hospital. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet identified him.

INITIAL POST: A 16-year-old boy nearly drowned in Lake Tapps this afternoon.

Bonney Lake police were called to the dock at Allen York Park about 3:15 p.m. on report of a teenager who had been swimming with friends but suddenly went beneath the surface.

Witnesses told police the boy was underwater for 3-5 minutes, Lt. Kurt Alfano said.

His friends began CPR after pulling him from the cold water and East Pierce Fire & Rescue paramedics took over when they arrived.

His condition was not immediately available but Alfano said the boy was alive en route to the hospital.

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