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Deputies say man who drowned in Spanaway Lake wasn’t wearing life vest

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on May 8, 2013 at 11:50 pm with No Comments »
May 9, 2013 2:18 pm

A man presumed to have drowned Sunday in Spanaway Lake was not wearing a life vest as initially thought, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Wednesday.

Deputies initially said the three people riding the inner tube that flipped while being pulled by a powerboat were wearing life jackets, and that the third person, 55-year-old Salvador John Sanchez of Spanaway, slipped out of his and under the surface.

Further investigation determined life vests were thrown to the three in the water from the boat after the tube flipped but were not worn at the time of the accident, Troyer said.

The two women in the water grabbed onto the vests and were rescued, but the man slipped under the surface and has not yet been found, Troyer said.

Deputies searched for more than two days with divers, sonar and remotely operated cameras, but were not able to find the man’s body. Others involved in the accident might be cited for not wearing life vests and having improper equipment on the boat, he said.

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