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Teen in critical condition after nearly drowning in Federal Way lake

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on July 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm with 7 Comments »
July 6, 2012 9:57 pm

A 17-year-old boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after nearly drowning tonight in Steel Lake, South King Fire & Rescue reported.

Someone called 911 about 8:15 p.m. to report the boy struggling off shore in the public swimming area of the Federal Way lake. He then went under the water.

Rescue crews arrived on the scene about nine minutes later and soon found the boy in about 12 feet of water, the agency reported.

Firefighters and paramedics from South King Medic One began CPR and regained a heart beat after about 15 minutes.

He then was taken to Harborview in critical condition.

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  1. WhatInThe says:

    SO the person who called 911 didn’t try to save them? WHY???

  2. cassie98002 says:

    Just fyi, I “didn’t try to save him” because I can’t swim. I was at the dock with 3 of my friends; 2 of us can’t swim at all, one can’t swim well. The only one of us who could swim went in after him at no avail. If I was on the phone with operators, it makes sense that I couldn’t jump in after him anyway. We were the only ones who noticed him go under–his own friends didn’t even notice until we started screaming for help. Even if I’d gone under, being a 5’2″ female, I couldn’t easily pull a 6’some” guy out.

  3. Regfool2 says:

    Cassie – thank you and your friends for getting involved – callling 911, alerting this young man’s companions AND for being smart enough NOT to go in the water, thus complicating the rescue and potentially creating a second tragedy.

  4. sweet101 says:

    OMG you guys seriously dont get it, he passed away. This poor guy never deserved what he got and all you guys do is, it wasn’t my fault or maybe you guys shouldn’t been smart enough to think hhmm we all cant swim lets not go in then. His family are in a state that can not be described his family all over the world are in distraught and heartbroken to what has happened.Man you people dont have hearts -_-

  5. Irritated says:

    What a horrible story but…^^^…I don’t get what you are trying to say. Are you saying that it’s the fault of the person who called 911? That’s just dumb.

    She didn’t go in the water because she’s not a good swimmer…how does that make anything her fault?

  6. cassie98002 says:

    …I called 911. My other friend jumped in and TRIED to find him, but couldn’t. My other 2 friends can’t swim, so they didn’t go in. His friends jumped in as SOON as they heard. I don’t think it’s exactly my fault since I can’t swim. Sure, if I was a skilled swimmer and just stood there, then you could pass some blame to me. But I can’t at all. I barely had the courage to stand on the dock, thank you very much. I’m barely 18. I just saw a seventeen year old go underwater. My 16 year old friend jumped in trying to save him. We yelled for help until more swimmers came. I did everything I could in my power.

  7. Irritated says:

    Cassy, you did fine. If he stood a chance of survival at all it would have been because of you. Everyone likes to pass blame but the fact of the matter is, he wasn’t that great of a swimmer and that’s why this horrible thing happened.

    It’s a sad story whenever a young person dies but that doesn’t make it the fault of anyone. He got in the water on his own. Him and him alone was the only person who could have prevented this.

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