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Man drowns after boat flips in Skykomish River near Gold Bar

Man drowns after boats flips in Skykomish River near Gold Bar (KOMO News) 

GOLD BAR, Wash. -- A 57-year-old man from the Sultan area died Saturday morning after the boat he and another man were in flipped in the Skykomish River, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

The two fishermen launched their boat from the Big Eddy Boat Launch early Saturday and just half a mile downstream, the current pinned their boat against a rock. It flipped over and both fishermen ended up in the water.

The Sheriff's Office says one man was able to swim to shore and call for help. The 57-year-old drowned.

Fisherman Derek Hill was just arriving at 5 a.m. when emergency crews were hard at work.

He and others are aware of what could happen on the water.

"Try and be safe on the water. It's dangerous. It's fast moving out on that water," Hill said.

This is the fifth drowning this year in Snohomish County rivers. There was a previous drowning in the same area on June 5, and on May 28, a man drowned near Eagle Falls.

"It's very tragic and it's unfortunate," Blair Corson, owner and guide of Outdoor Adventures said.

For anyone thinking of spending time in or near the water, Corson says they should have a life vest on.

"When they start out, they shouldn't be within 10 feet of shore without a life vest," Corson said.

The fisherman who drowned wasn't wearing a life vest. Just a reminder that the water this time of year around here is about 45 degrees, and the river levels are high because of the snow melt.

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