A man in his 40s is being treated at Harborview Medical Center after a near-drowning off the shore of Gene Coulon Park in Renton on Saturday.
The man saw a 10-year-old boy jump off a dock into Lake Washington. The boy appeared to be struggling, and the man swam out in street clothes to help the boy, who made it to shore. The man didn’t.
Other bystanders hauled the man in, using a flotation ring at a lifeguard stand, said Battalion Chief John Lecoq of the Renton Fire Department. The injured man, who is not related to the boy, was still breathing and had a pulse when medics checked him, Lecoq said.
There were two other water rescues Saturday in southeast King County, Lecoq said: one in the Green River at Flaming Geyser State Park outside Auburn, and an overturned canoe in Panther Lake in Kent.
He added a safety warning about spring snow melt feeding icy water into rivers and lakes: “Hot temperatures and cold water can lead to dangerous conditions that people don’t recognize.” Whether frigid water caused the Coulon Park incident hasn’t been established, LeCoq said. There is no lifeguard at the park until June.