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Man dies after being pulled from Lake Tapps

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — A 29-year-old man has died after being pulled from Lake Tapps on Friday afternoon by divers with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

Before 3:30 p.m., crews were called to North Lake Tapps Park for a possible drowning.

First responders immediately found the man, and took him to the hospital.

Officials did not provide many details on the incident as they are still investigating.

In early May, a 24-year-old man drowned in Lake Tapps.

Although rescuers were able to pull him out, he later died at the hospital.

Crews with East Pierce Fire said the man was swimming in the north end of the lake and went under. He was reportedly submerged for 25 minutes.

Many fire agencies say while the air feels warm, the water is still very cold. It can quickly weaken your muscles, and it becomes easy to slip under the water — something that usually happens quietly. They said a life jacket should be worn and always go swimming with a buddy.


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