Montesano Man dies in Wynoochee Falls
The reporting party had to travel nearly 10 miles to the public phone at the Coho Campground at Wynoochee Lake as there was no cellular service in that area. Deputies, aid personnel from Grays Harbor Fire District # 2, and a WSDFW agent arrived in the area however could not immediately locate the apparent drowning victim. A diver with the sheriff’s department was called to the scene. Just after 4:00 pm, the diver located the victim in approximately 25 feet of water just below the falls.
At this point it is unknown if the victim died as a result of striking an object while jumping into the water, or if the coldness and extreme turbulence of the water affected the man’s ability to swim. There was a significant amount of water flow and the water was very cold as is typical for this time of year. An autopsy will be performed at a later time.
The victim was identified as 18 year old Ernest Estrella of Montesano. No drugs or alcohol appear to have been involved.