A 43-year-old man who coached girl’s basketball team at The Northwest School in Seattle drowned Sunday after wading into the Wenatchee River near the entrance of Riverfront Park in Leavenworth, according to Chelan County sheriff’s office.
Monty Carter had been hiking with some friends in the Leavenworth area and the group had gone to cool off in a part of the river locals call Barn Beach.
“Mr. Carter got too far out into the water, which is running a bit higher because of the hot weather and the melting snow,” said John Wisemore, chief of operations for Chelan County sheriff’s office.
“We’re not sure if it was hypothermia … we’re not sure why he wasn’t unable to get out.”
Wisemore said Carter likely went under in about 20 feet of water and was in a five-foot section of the beach when rescuers pulled him out 37 minutes later.
He was pronounced dead on his way to the local hospital.
Carter, who coached the girl’s varsity basketball team at the Northwest, began there as a music teacher in 1999, teaching classes in both the upper and middle schools.
He also worked as coordinator for musical productions and was music department chairman from 2004 to 2007.