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Mitzi Johanknecht

Search suspended for missing teen


The King County Sheriff’s Office has suspended a search for a teen missing since going over a water fall in the Snoqualmie River on Sunday afternoon. (C17025193)


Sheriff’s Office dive teams as well as Eastside Fire and members of the King County Search and Rescue Unit spent the day searching the river for the teen but has run out of areas that can be safely searched.

Before another search can be conducted river conditions will have to improve.  Conditions are dangerous due to the increased flow of the river caused by the warm weather and snow melt.

With weather temperatures expected to remain warm over the next week, and King County officials are reminding everyone to use caution in and around the water.  Waterbodies including lakes, rivers and Puget Sound are extremely cold this time of year.

In addition to being aware of the dangers of cold water, swimmers need to understand the speed and power of moving water can be deceiving from the shore.  A strong swimmer can become quickly incapacitated from cold-water shock, add that to a strong current and the results can be deadly.