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SAR Recovers Body from Cedar Ponds Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 8, 2020

CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Communications Specialist, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office

Courtney.O’Keefe@snoco.org, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263

MONROE, Wash. The body of a 17 year-old boy who was cliff diving near Cedar Ponds Sunday night was recovered today, Friday, May 8. Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) deputies and Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR), as well as local Fire, responded to Cedar Ponds area just before 6 p.m. Sunday to reports of a 17 year-old boy who dove into the water and did not resurface. SAR deputies and volunteers on scene searched Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but were unable to recover the body due to dangerous conditions. Around 3:30 p.m. today, SCVSAR Swiftwater Rescue Team recovered the boy’s body from the water.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner will provide positive identification, as well as determine the cause and manner of death. More than 10 Swiftwater Rescue Team volunteers participated in the search and recovery.

Last year, a 28 year-old Everett woman drowned at this same location and in 2018 a 22 year-old Monroe woman drowned at this location.

Currents are swift in Snohomish County creeks and rivers and water temperatures are around 50 degrees.  Consider the following safety tips before exploring our county’s waterways:

  • Always wear a life jacket when you are on the water. Never go near moving water without one.
  • Beach logs, river banks and rocks near the shore are usually slippery. A fall can knock you unconscious and prevent you from being able to save yourself.
  • Consider bringing a whistle. If you are in trouble, it could help alert nearby people.
  • Keep kids within arm's reach. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under.
  • Don't dive in. Two-thirds of catastrophic neck injuries occur in open water and the sea.