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17-year-old drowns in Lake Washington

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SEATTLE — A 17-year-old boy drowned in Lake Washington Sunday, officials said.

Witnesses said the boy was playing in the water with his friends at Mt. Baker Beach in South Seattle when he went underwater and didn’t come back up. Beachgoers rushed to help, and authorities were called, but the boy was not located immediately.

His body was found about an hour later about 15 feet under the surface. Rescue crews performed CPR and rushed him to Harborview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The boy wasn’t wearing a life jacket, officials said.

Two other swimmers were rescued this weekend as many took to the water to avoid the heat. A 4-year-old boy was pulled from a swimming pool in skyway after going under the water for minutes, and a swimmer was rescued from Long Lake in Lacey. Both are expected to survive.

May and June are the deadliest months in Washington for water deaths, largely because while it is hot outside, many of the area waterways are still very cold.

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