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Category: Drowning

June
24th

Boy who drowned in White River identified as Saudi Arabia resident

The boy who drowned Saturday in a stretch of the White River that runs through Mount Rainier National Park was Ahmad Asiri, the Pierce County Medical Examiner reported.

Ahmad, 8, was playing on a log when he fell into the river near the White River campground on the northeast side of the park, spokeswoman Patti Wold said. The boy’s older brother jumped in to try to save him but was unsuccessful, Wold said.

Rangers found the Ahmad’s body some time later, performed CPR and called in a helicopter to take him to the hospital, but he died.

The boy is

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June
23rd

Child drowns at White River campground

A young boy drowned Saturday night at the White River campground, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s Det. Sgt. Jerry Bates.

Mount Rainier National Park rangers pulled the boy from the river and started CPR, he said.

The child was about 7 years old, Bates said.

Further details were not immediately available Sunday. Check back for updates.

May
17th

Deputies recover body of missing man from Spanaway Lake

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies on Friday recovered the body of a man who slipped under water while tubing behind a boat at Spanaway Lake earlier this month.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said someone spotted the body of Salavador John Sanchez, 55, floating in the lake about 1 p.m. Deputies brought the body to shore about two hours later and turned it over to the Medical Examiner’s Office, Troyer said.

Sanchez, who lived in Spanaway, went missing May 5 after the tube he and two others were riding on flipped over, deputies said. None of the riders were wearing life jackets.

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May
8th

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

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

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May
7th

Deputies end search for man presumed to have drowned in Spanaway Lake

After more than two days of sonar sweeps, officials have ended the unsuccessful search for the body of a man presumed to have drowned in Spanaway Lake Sunday.

“We won’t be searching again,” Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Crews searched about three-quarters of a square mile of the lake, which has almost five feet of silt at the bottom in some places, he said.

Divers searched for the man, and deputies used remotely controlled underwater cameras too.

The 55-year-old was riding an inner tube being pulled by a powerboat, when the float flipped.

He slipped

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April
10th

Kayaker who died after falling into Green River Sunday identified

A woman who fell out of her kayak on the Green River Sunday and later died has been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Elizabeth Gould, 45, fell out of her kayak about 1:30 p.m. near Black Diamond, and was taken to an Auburn hospital. She died Monday.

The cause of her death was ruled freshwater drowning.

Deputies said she had some experience kayaking rivers, and was wearing a helmet and life jacket.

April
8th

Female kayaker who fell in Green River died today

A 45-year-old woman who fell out of her kayak Sunday while boating on the Green River has died, according to the King County Sheriff’s Department.

The woman, who was listed in critical condition at an area hospital, has not been identified. She was wearing a life jacket when she tumbled into the water and drifted downstream.

She fell in the 33800 block of Southeast Green River Head Works Road, deputies said. Her friends were able to pull her out of the river and started CPR until paramedics arrived.

March
20th

Kayaker who died after boat overturns near Key Peninsula identified

A 29-year-old kayaker who died Tuesday morning, a day after his boat overturned in the water between the Key Peninsula and McNeil Island, has been identified as Matthew Grobins.

Grobins, of Lakebay, and a friend were thrown into the water about 7:30 p.m. Monday after their boat capsized in the Pitt Passage.

The friend was able to make his way to shore and call for help. Searchers found Grobins and pulled him from the water after about an hour and took him to St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, where he died early Tuesday.

The kayak flipped when one of

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