First responders unable to save Eagle Falls drowning victim

On Tuesday afternoon, June 23, 2020, a 32-year-old male jumped into the Skycomish River in an attempt to swim across to a nearby rope swing. He was pulled under the water and did not resurface. First responders pulled the victim from the water and performed CPR, but were unable to revive him.

By Courtney O’Keefe, Communications Specialist, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue deputies and Gold Bar Fire rescuers responded to a drowning near Eagle Falls at around 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

A 32-year-old male jumped in to attempt to swim across the Skykomish River to a nearby rope swing. He was pulled under the water and did not resurface.

Although a nearby civilian jumped in to try to save the man, it was arriving fire rescuers who pulled the victim from the water and performed CPR.

He was transported with CPR in progress but sadly, he died before arriving to the hospital.

Positive identification of the decedent, as well as the cause and manner of death, will come from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Just one day before, on Monday, another adult male was pulled under the current at Eagle Falls. He was pulled from the water unconscious and bystanders performed CPR and revived the man.

Currents are swift in Snohomish County creeks and rivers and water temperatures are still very cold.

Please consider the following safety tips before exploring our county’s waterways:

  • Always wear a life jacket when you are on the water. Never go near moving water without one.
  • Beach logs, river banks and rocks near the shore are usually slippery. A fall can knock you unconscious and prevent you from being able to save yourself.
  • Consider bringing a whistle. If you are in trouble, it could help alert nearby people.
  • Keep kids within arm's reach. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under.
  • Don't dive in. Two-thirds of catastrophic neck injuries occur in open water and the sea.


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