Weekend drowning deaths warn of water dangers

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 10:39 PM

With warm weather expected to last through the week, authorities remind residents in Western Washington to exercise caution on local waters after two died in separate incidents over the weekend.

A couple was pulled from the Stillaguamish River after a raft overturned Sunday afternoon. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was transported to the hospital.

A few hours later, a 55-year-old man drowned while innertubing on Spanaway Lake. Divers combed the lake into the evening Sunday and are back at the lake on Monday to continue the search for his body. Authorities said the man’s life vest slipped off when his innertube flipped.

Also on Sunday, a man near Port Townsend rescued two girls and a man struggling in the waters off Ft. Worden State Park. Brian Kienle used his paddleboard to make two trips out to bring back the girls, whose raft had drifted several hundred yards from shore, and a man who tried save them before Kienle arrived. Authorities said the first man who swam out to save the girls wasn’t able to swim back to shore because of the current and cold waters.

Cold waters are the main concern when residents head out to the waters this time of year, according to authorities.

Western Washington is expected to break the 79 degree record for the day with a high of 84. Mid to high 70s are expected through Friday. Clouds will thicken over the weekend, cooling temperatures to the low to mid 70s on Saturdays and back into the 60s on Sunday.

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