A man’s body was recovered about 150 yards offshore from Seward Park in Andrews Bay on Sunday. Witnesses said the 32-year-old man had gone into the water to take a swim.
A 32-year-old man drowned in Lake Washington after the Seafair hydroplane races on Sunday, authorities said.
Witnesses said the man hopped off a 20-foot pleasure boat to swim, without a life vest, and later was seen bobbing in the water, calling for help, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. People tried to rescue him, Moore said.
The emergency call went out at 7:12 p.m., and the victim’s body was found 1½ hours later about 150 yards offshore from Seward Park in Andrews Bay, he said.
Police and Fire Department divers crisscrossed the area, based on a witness description. Eventually, a police robot detected the man’s body, helping divers make a recovery, Moore said.
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The water there is 45 feet deep, and visibility poor because of milfoil and a layer of silt on the lake bottom, Moore said. Such conditions are common in the lake, including areas near public swimming beaches and the Washington Park Arboretum.
Moore recommended that people on boats wear life jackets, which he said can prevent accidents for weak or poor swimmers.