Man presumed drowned in Lake Washington

by Tim Flanagan on August 19, 2011

Jeff Hodson has the story in the Seattle Times:

check just north of Seward Park. ” alt=”Friends of a 21-year-old Seattle man who fell off a personal watercraft Wednesday evening look on as Seattle Police search for his body Thursday morning on Lake Washington, this just north of Seward Park. ” align=”right” src=”http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2011/08/18/2015945847.jpg” width=”296″ height=”168″ />[Friends of a 21-year-old Seattle man who fell off a personal watercraft Wednesday evening look on as Seattle Police search for his body Thursday morning on Lake Washington, about it just north of Seward Park.  KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES]

A 21-year-old Seattle man fell off a personal watercraft Wednesday evening into the choppy waters of Lake Washington and was presumed drowned.

The man was driving a motorized Yamaha WaveRunner when he fell off the boat about 6:30 p.m. north of Seward Park. A nearby boater threw a life jacket to the man, but the man could not reach it, according to Seattle police and fire authorities.

The boater jumped into the water and was able to grab the man’s hand, but the 21-year-old old couldn’t hold on, officials said.

"He was a very good swimmer," Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said, after speaking with the 21-year-old’s family. "He was out there with a friend."

The man was not wearing a life vest, Moore said.

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