Weekend Drownings As Washingtonians Escape Heat Wave

SEATTLE (AP) — Cooling off with a swim during Western Washington’s recent heat wave has proven deadly for at least three people.

On Monday evening, an 11-year-old boy was pulled from Martha Lake in Snohomish County and rushed to a Seattle hospital. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton says the boy apparently was swimming by himself without a lifejacket. His condition was not known.

Over the weekend, a man died while swimming with friends at American Lake. The News Tribune identified him as 27-year-old Leuma Keke of Lakewood. He died Saturday.

The News Tribune says a 19-year-old man who drowned Sunday at Lake Tapps has been identified as Marcus Weekly.

A 15-year-old who was under water for about 30 minutes Sunday before he was pulled out of Steel Lake in Federal Way has also died. KIRO-TV reports that Tope Akinlosotu didn’t know how to swim.

The Mason County coroner says a 60-year-old man who became unresponsive while wakeboarding Sunday at Spencer Lake in that county did not drown. Coroner Wes Stockwell says John E. Eads of Puyallup died of natural causes, most likely a cardiac event.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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