Body of Monroe man recovered from river near Eagle Falls

This is the county’s third drowning in backcountry rivers near waterfalls this year.

INDEX — Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Dive Team units have recovered the body of the 24-year-old Monroe man who went missing at Eagle Falls last Monday.

He was found in about 10 feet of water 50 yards upriver from the falls, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Satuday.

The man jumped into the water and didn’t resurface in a stretch of the South Fork Skykomish River.

His body was spotted Saturday morning and recovered in the afternoon.

Identification of the man, as well as cause and manner of death, will be determined by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, Ireton said.

This is the county’s third drowning in backcountry rivers near waterfalls this year.

On April 24, a 30-year-old Bothell woman went into the water at Wallace Falls State Park. Her body was recovered the same day.

On April 12, a 22-year-old Monroe woman went into the water at Cedar Ponds. Her body was recovered April 21.

Swimming in Snohomish County rivers, especially near waterfalls, is discouraged due to swift currents, hidden snags, drop-offs and cold temperatures, even for those who consider themselves to be strong swimmers, Ireton said.

Response to backcountry rescue and recovery efforts can be extremely dangerous and put rescue personnel and volunteers at risk, she added.

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