One man died after being pulled from Lake Washington in Kirkland on Sunday morning, according to fire officials.

At around 11:30 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to O.O. Denny Park after a passerby noticed a man in the water who appeared to be struggling, Kirkland Fire Department battalion chief Greg Picinich said.

The man was pulled from the water, and people at the park attempted to resuscitate him. Fire department personnel who arrived also tried to resuscitate the man for about a half-hour but were unsuccessful, Picinich said.

The man appeared to be in his 40s, Picinich said. His identity was not immediately released.

The King County Sheriff’s Office also responded to another report of pulled unresponsive from Angle Lake in SeaTac. The man was transported to Valley Medical Center, said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tim Meyer. His condition was unknown.

Every summer, people die in local lakes and rivers as temperatures rise. The deceptively cold waters can shock even experienced swimmers and lead to drownings, especially for those not wearing life jackets.


As of last week, King County officials had counted 12 drownings for the year, according to preliminary figures.

Last week, a 33-year-old-old Bellevue man died after diving into Lake Washington trying to save his young son, who had fallen from a boat. Members of a local sailing club pulled the child, who was wearing a lifejacket, to safety.

On Saturday in Seattle, divers and swimmers spent hours searching for a man reportedly in distress in Lake Washington near Seward Park, according to the Seattle Fire Department. The man was not located.

Correction: this story has been updated to reflect that the person pulled from Angle Lake’s condition was not reported dead by the King County Sheriff’s Office. The man’s condition was unknown.