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Man Drowns in Skykomish River


CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263

GOLD BAR, Wash. – The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and Snohomish County Fire Districts 26 and 7  recovered the body of an adult male from the Skykomish River downstream from the Big Eddy Public Water Access site around 6 p.m.  The man is believed to be transient from the Gold Bar/Sultan area in his 30's

Earlier in the day, patrol responded to several 911 calls from witnesses reporting a man acting erractically and tresspassing in the area.  When patrol units arrived, the man jumped into the back of one of the patrol pickups twice. After talking with man and assessing that he was not a threat to others, the man left the area around 2 p.m.  

Around 4:30 p.m. witnesses at the Big Eddy site called 911 to report that they had seen the same adult male jumping into the water and drifting downstream, appearing to be in distress.  Patrol, SAR, dive, as well as local fire agencies, arrived and the Sheriff's Office helicopter, SnoHAWK1, flew overhead. The body of the male was located around 5:30 p.m. downstream from Big Eddy and recovered from the river. 

Identification of the man, as well as cause and manner of death, will be determined by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office.
This is the fourth drowning incident in backcountry rivers near waterfalls this year:
-On May 28, a 24 year-old Monroe man went missing at Eagle Falls and his body was recovered June 2.
-On April 24, a 30 year-old Bothell woman went into the water at Wallace Falls State Park and her body was recovered the same day.  
-On April 12, a 22 year-old Monroe woman went into the water at Cedar Ponds and her body was recovered on April 21.  
Response to backcountry rescue and recovery efforts can be extremely dangerous and put rescue personnel and volunteers at risk. Swimming in Snohomish County rivers, especially near waterfalls, is not recommended due to swift currents, hidden snags/drop-offs and cold water temperatures, even for those who consider themselves to be strong swimmers.