Kayaker reportedly lost at Echo Lake

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Police searching Echo Lake for lost kayaker
Photo by Michael Wansley
According to lakeside resident Madysen Ellis, around 8:10am on Saturday May 18, 2024 Shoreline Police responded to Echo Lake on the report of a lost kayaker. Witnesses reported that a man was seen kayaking around 7:10am. His kayak was upside-down in the water and no one saw whether he got out of the lake.

Staging area for search of Echo Lake
Photo by Michael Wansley
Police searched the lake from a westside dock with boats and divers until 10:17am. They sent a boat around the entire lake.

Police divers searching Echo Lake
Photo by Michael Wansley
Echo Lake is relatively shallow but the bottom has a thick layer of loose peat which turns the water into a dense brown cloud if disturbed.

The kayaker has not been identified. The KCSO has been contacted for information.

--Diane Hettrick


Anonymous,  May 19, 2024 at 12:07 PM  

Seems like there's a drowning or near drowning once a year. More than once alcohol played a roll. I'm definitely NOT anti-alcohol but I AM a proponent of Common Sense & caution. I watched from a the dock a man in trouble & screaming for SOMEONE in his party to help him until FINALLY someone on a giant round floaty saw he was in trouble. Pay attention always because most folks who drown KNOW how to swim

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