Police say 16-year-old boy drowns at Woodland’s Horseshoe Lake

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Here is a press release from the Woodland Police Department:

News Release from: Woodland Police

DROWNING AT HORSESHOE LAKE IN WOODLAND

Posted: July 4th, 2011 3:25 PM

Woodland Police officers are currently investigating what appears to be an accidental drowning at Horseshoe Lake in Woodland.

Police and the Woodland Fire Department were dispatched to Horseshoe Lake Park at about 2:15 this afternoon. Reports were that a 16-year old Hispanic male was swimming in the lake with friends. The victim swam some distance across the lake to a marker bouy then started to return towards shore. He experienced trouble and a female friend, 15-years old, tried to swim out to help him. The panicked victim grabbed the female causing her to get into distress. She had to break away from him and he then disappeared from view. Several bystanders in the park jumped into the water to attempt to help but were not successful.

A rescue team from Clark County Fire & Rescue as well as the Cowlitz County Dive Team responded to the scene.

After a short search, the victim was found at about 3 o’clock p.m. He was deceased.

The Cowlitz County Coroner’s office is responding to the scene. Cowlitz County Chaplains are also on scene.

Officers and other emergency personnel are still working the incident/scene. We have no further information to release at this time.