Authorities in Snohomish County are warning people to stay out of area rivers, particularly near waterfalls, after the county’s fourth suspected drowning near a waterfall since April 12.
Police recovered the body of a man from the Skykomish River on Tuesday, downstream from the Big Eddy Public Water Access site, according to a statement from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The victim is believed to have been in his 30s and to have been living near Gold Bar.
The man jumped into the water around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and reportedly appeared to be in distress as he drifted downstream, the statement said.
Deputies, search and rescue, dive teams and a helicopter from the Sheriff’s Office responded to 911 calls reporting the incident, as did local fire agencies. They found the man’s body around 5:30 p.m., according to the statement. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the man’s name and cause of death after it completes an examination.The man had been reported to police for trespassing and acting erratically earlier in the day, but police determined he was not a threat to others.
Late spring and early summer, when the weather is warm but rivers are swollen with snow melt, are especially dangerous for swimmers, according to water-safety professionals.