Helicopters were looming over Lake Stevens on Thursday, Jan. 2 after two men, ages 30 and 24, fell overboard from their canoe into the freezing, cold lake.
911 calls came into the Lake Stevens Police Department around 2:30 that afternoon when an onlooker noticed the incident approximately 150 feet from the dock at the Wyatt Park boat launch. The two were not wearing life vests at the time and were in the water for eight minutes.
Rescue crews were there to help the men out of the water. Television news helicopters were overhead taking photos.
“Our response to the incident was swift and we were able to get the two out of the water before a bigger tragedy occurred,” Lake Stevens Interim Police Chief Dan Lorentzen said. “It could have been very tragic, the water was 44 degrees at that time, Sgt. Brooks and Officer Bernhard literally had to lift them into the boat, they were so cold. We had a very seasoned crew of boating individuals on that day.”
Lake Stevens Police want to encourage anyone who is headed to the lake to always be ready for anything.
“We try to remind people to be prepared. Bring life vests and floatation devices with you when going into the water,” Lorentzen said. “Always remember the 50/50/50 rule which is you have a 50 percent chance of swimming 50 yards in 50 degree water.”