A 56-year-old man drowned in a small lake at the Port Susan Camping Club area last night. He was fishing when the drowning happened. The man was fishing in a 12-foot aluminum boat on Lake Weallup on the Tulalip Reservation, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokesperson Rebecca Hover said.
Witnesses say the man was struggling in the water before going under. When help arrived, he was no longer visible in the water. His body was recovered about 25 feet from the dock.
Unintentional deaths by drowning are much more common when people are swimming. In 2007, there were 3,443 people who drowned in non-boating accidents compared to 496 people who drowned in boating accidents.
Usually, children 14 and younger most commonly drown with a ratio of about one in five people. Accidental drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14. Children are not the only ones who should be taken into account. Adults should also take precaution when getting into the water. In 2009, there were 4,720 boating accidents and 3,358 boaters were injured and 736 boaters died. Although adults, especially males, have better swimming skills, it is still crucial to wear a life jacket while out on open water.