Deep Lake is nestled in the middle of Nolte State Park. Photo courtesy Washington State Parks

Deep Lake is nestled in the middle of Nolte State Park. Photo courtesy Washington State Parks

Man drowns during fishing trip to Deep Lake

Both the father and son were thrown from their boat, but the child made it to shore.

The serenity of Deep Lake was shattered the afternoon of July 9 when a man fell from a boat and drowned.

The lake is within the boundaries of Nolte State Park, not too many miles north of Enumclaw along Veazie-Cumberland Road.

According to posts on the King County Sheriff’s Office Twitter account, a 37-year-old father was fishing with his son when both were thrown from the boat. The son managed to make it to shore but his father did not. Chief Randy Fehr of the Enumclaw Fire Department report noted that Good Samaritans first attempted CPR on the shore, eventually giving way to medics. Those efforts were unsuccessful, however, and the man died at the scene.

A witness told the Courier-Herald she had just arrived at the park for her daily walk on the Nolte trail, which circles Deep Lake. Getting out of her car, she heard someone yelling. Walked closer to the lake, she saw someone splashing in the water and heard the victim calling for help. There was an empty boat nearby, she said.


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