The 16-year-old Issaquah boy is presumed to have drowned Sunday after going over a waterfall Sunday on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River east of North Bend, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The search for a 16-year-old Issaquah boy who is presumed to have drowned in the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River has been suspended due to hazardous conditions, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The search won’t resume until river conditions improve, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The river east of North Bend is moving swiftly, with extremely cold water due to snow melt.
The missing teen and two other teenagers went above a dam in the area of Olallie State Park and two of them went over a waterfall on Sunday, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West. One of the boys was able to self-rescue but the second disappeared in the fast-moving water, she said.
Deputies were dispatched to the 5100 block of Southeast Homestead Valley Road around 6:30 p.m., said West. By then, the 16-year-old had been missing about an hour, she said.
The two other teens had to hike back to their car to get a cellphone, which is why there was a delay in summoning help, said West.
Dive teams went into the river to search for the missing boy, but the search was called off a little after 8 p.m. Sunday due to the dangerous conditions, said West.
Searchers spent Monday searching some areas that could be safely searched, the sheriff’s office said.
“It is a recovery at this point. He is presumed drowned,” said West. “I was hoping we wouldn’t have a drowning this weekend. We all fear it when the weather gets nice.”