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.