Two people have drowned in Mason county lakes in the past week. The most recent was reported Monday afternoon at Lost Lake. A Hispanic man in his early 20’s went under about 5 feet from the shoreline near the public boat launch. Chief Deputy Jason Dracobly with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office said the depth there drops off quickly to about 20 feet.
A deputy who is Swiftwater qualified was the first on the scene, with diving equipment found the man and pulled him to shore. Dracobly said with the help of District #13 Fire Department responders they provided CPR and AED for about 30 minutes until an ER doctor from Mason General Hospital declared the man deceased.
Another drowning was reported at Haven Lake in Belfair on Saturday, Dracobly said a 30-year-old man was underwater for about 5-10 minutes. An ER doctor happened to be at the lake and provided CPR for 30 minutes before responder pronounced the swimmer dead.
In both cases, names have not been released.
The State Department of Health always warns that Washington waters can be appealing and dangerous at any time of the year. Even on hot spring days, lakes, ponds, and rivers are still cold and are dangerous for swimmers. In the Summer Water that is warm on the surface, may be much colder below.