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August 7, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Teen pulled from Nolte State Park lake

UPDATE 9:13 p.m. | No new information has been reported on the condition of the near drowning victim, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Cindi West tweeted. She post an update to @kingcosoPIO when she has it.

ORIGINAL POST | A 17-year-old male was found underwater after more than an hour Wednesday afternoon in a lake at Nolte State Park.

Divers found the boy 50 feet below the surface of Deep Lake, near Enumclaw, around 1:30 p.m., according to Tim Perciful, spokesman for Mountain View Fire and Rescue. Friends said around 12:30 p.m. the boy, who was with a church group from Yakima, looked like he needed help, but they thought he was joking. A friend called 911 when they realized he was drowning.

Medics initiated CPR and transported him to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center after he was pulled from the 52-degree water.

Perciful said the teen’s friends told him the boy is a strong swimmer. The lake is a popular swimming spot, but there are not lifeguards on duty.

“Even a good swimmer can get in trouble,” Perciful said. “You have to be careful when you’re in open water.”

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