Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

July 3, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Vancouver man drowns while fetching a child’s hat

By Patty Hastings / The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.

A dive team has resumed the search for a 42-year-old Vancouver man who presumably drowned Wednesday night at Klineline Pond.

The man reportedly waded into the deep section of pond to retrieve a child’s hat when he went under, according to Clark County Fire District 6.

The 911 call came in at about 8:30 p.m. from Salmon Creek Regional Park, 1112 N.E. 117th St. Within about four minutes, crews arrived at the scene, but the man was already lost underwater, said Fire District 6 spokeswoman Sarah Mitchelson.

The man’s family told rescue crews that a child’s hat had blown off and landed in a part of the pond that is not a designated swimming area, Mitchelson said. The pond is an old rock quarry that’s been filled with water, and there are deep drop-offs along some parts of the pond’s floor, she said.

“He waded out a distance and stepped off of the drop-off,” Mitchelson said. The area of water where he was last seen is 40 feet deep and had a temperature of 50 degrees Wednesday night, she added.

The man, who was not wearing a life jacket, called to his family for help, but they weren’t able to reach him, she said.

Wednesday night, crews with Fire District 6, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Southwest Washington Organization of Rescue Divers could not find the man, whose name was not released.

The park will be closed to the public Thursday as crews continue their search.

 

| More in General news | Topics: drowning, Vancouver, wading


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►