Teen drowns while swimming in Marysville's Twin Lakes

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MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- A 16-year-old boy drowned while swimming in Marysville's Twin Lakes Tuesday afternoon.

The teen was swimming with a friend in the northeast part of the lake not far from shore when he got caught in vegetation, according to Christie Veley with Marysville Fire.

The friend tried to rescue but was unable to and a call for help was made.

Divers searched the south lake area, and found the boy at the bottom of the lake around 3 p.m. after he had been under water for about an hour.

"Unfortunately, they were not able to locate him before it was too late to save him," said Lt. David Bowman with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, adding the boy was found in just 6 feet of water.

"A lake such as this, it looks like calm, beautiful water and pristine, but it actually has a large amount of debris in it," Bowman said. "The corner of the lake where the teens were swimming does have some logs in it -- additionally, there are some noxious weeds that grow in it and that can encumber a swimmer."

Bowman noted neither teen was wearing a life jacket, and where they entered the water was just feet from a loaner lifejacket station.

"So between the lack of life jackets and encountering the difficulty, unfortunately it turned to a tragedy today," Bowman said.

The teen has not been identified, only that he was from Everett.

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