Boy dies after being pulled from Skykomish River on Sunday

The 14-year-old was on a family camping trip when he was found near the Money Creek Campground.

By Mike Lindblom / The Seattle Times

A 14-year-old boy, on a family camping trip in the Cascade foothills, died Sunday after being pulled from the south fork of the Skykomish River, officials say.

First responders were called at 12:19 p.m., when someone fishing in the river noticed the teenager, “found him unresponsive” and pulled him to shore, said Sgt. Tim Meyer, a spokesperson for the King County Sheriff’s Office.

They were next to the Money Creek Campground in the town of Skykomish, where local firefighters and a county deputy soon arrived.

Medics performed CPR and took the victim by ambulance to a medical facility, but he didn’t survive, Meyer said.

Exact circumstances were still being investigated by detectives but there were no signs of foul play, Meyer said. The teen will be publicly identified later by the Snohomish County medical examiner.

In King County alone there were 33 drownings last year, and many more this season. Holiday travelers should keep in mind that all lakes, rivers and Puget Sound present safety hazards, Meyer said.

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