Body recovered of man who drowned in Lake Washington while trying to rescue children

A man drowned in Lake Washington while trying to rescue a child who had fallen off a sailboat near Chism Beach Park Wednesday evening, according to a Bellevue fire official.

Crews responded to the scene around 7 p.m. after receiving reports that a child had fallen off a sailboat, Bellevue Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Camry Olsen said. Witnesses said another child had tried to help when a man who was watching from shore jumped on a powerboat in an attempt to save both children, Olsen said.

The children made it back on to their sailboat, but the man slipped underwater. When the Mercer Island Police Department’s marine patrol unit responded, they determined the water was at least 110 feet deep and "due to the time that had elapsed and the depth, a rescue was not possible," fire officials said.

The children were ages four and six.

The vessel the family rented was towed to the Mercer Island Police Department dock pending further investigation. 

Mercer Island police will continue to investigate what happened, with help from the Bellevue Police Department.

A day later, the man's body was recovered from the water.


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