Two people from Yakima drown in Rimrock Lake

<p>Rimrock Lake, photo courtesy WSDOT</p>

Rimrock Lake, photo courtesy WSDOT

A 29-year-old man and 14-year-old girl, both of Yakima, drown this morning in Rimrock Lake.

Here is the press release from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office:

Just before noon today, fire and law enforcement units were dispatched to the south side of Rimrock Lake for a report of a possible drowning. Initial indications were that there were likely two victims.  This location was near the peninsula on the southern side of the lake.

Numerous people were recreating near each other on the bank of the lake.  Victim #1 (a 29 y/o female from Yakima) was attempting to retrieve a floatation device which had drifted out into the lake.  Victim #2 (a 14 y/o male from Yakima) offered to help retrieve the device for her.  Both victims went into the water to attempt to retrieve the device.

The two victims were not related to each other, and it does not appear that they were acquainted prior to this incident.  It was reported that both individuals were able to swim.

According to witnesses at the scene, the young male victim began to panic in the water.  As he did so, he apparently struggled with the female, pushing her under the water.  Eventually both subjects were exhausted and unable to get back to the shore.  At least two other bystanders entered the water and were able to retrieve the female victim from the surface of the water.  They were, however, unable to locate the male victim in the water.   CPR was initiated on the female by others in the area prior to arrival of first responders. 

Rescue personnel arrived and continued resuscitation efforts on the female at the shore.  An air ambulance was requested to the scene.  The resuscitative efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, and the female succumbed at the scene.

Yakima County Sheriff’s Office water rescue and boating personnel arrived at the scene and subsequently located the male subject in approximately 10 feet of water, and approximately 25 feet from the shore.   The discovery of the second victim by a YCSO diver was approximately 2 hours after the incident was reported.  The male was removed from the water and was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Family members were still being notified at the time of this report.

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office reminds people who are enjoying the lakes and rivers in our area to take proper precautions, and to utilize personal floatation devices when in and around water to help ensure their safety.