Paddle Boarding Tragedy on Lake Washington (UPDATED)

[nggallery id=157] UPDATE 2  The Seattle Times reports that "The man died late Monday afternoon, according to a spokeswoman for Evergreen Hospital. He was identified as Tyrone Fabroa." has published the following video:


KPD has just released the following: On Monday at approximately 11:25 a.m., a male estimated to be in his mid-thirties was pulled from the lake in Kirkland and transported to Evergreen Hospital after being non-responsive to CPR. According to Kirkland Police and Fire personnel on scene, the male was wearing a floatation device. The standup paddle boards were rented by a local firm which informed us that each renter is given a floatation device with the rental of a board. KPD reports that the male was wearing a Coast Guard approved Revere Fanny Pack Life vest.

A witness in a nearby condo watched in horror as the tragedy unfolded in the choppy waters just 40 yards off the end of a dock. "He fell off his paddle board then went under. He came up again then under. When he didn't come back up, I ran out to help," said the young woman who will remain unidentified. The woman pulled the abandoned paddle boards ashore.

The King County Sheriff's department was also on the scene as witnesses saw divers enter the water.

When asked about the condition of the paddle boarder, another witness said, "it doesn't look good. He was non-responsive." A Kirkland Police officer was seen escorting the brother of the victim from the scene at 555 Lake Street South. All the young man had in his possession was the swimsuit he was wearing.

Please exercise extreme caution when on the water and always wear a floatation device.