August 10, 2022- UPDATE:
After further investigation, it was determined the victim was not kayaking, but had been swimming near the KOA when
he was caught in some rapids and became submerged.
Sheriff Burnett reports that on August 7, 2022, a 25-year-old man from Redmond, WA drowned in the Wenatchee River near the Leavenworth KOA. It was reported that a kayaker, whom was not wearing a life jacket, was seen going underwater and had not surfaced.
Numerous swimmers in the area began searching for the male and eventually were able to bring him to shore.
Emergency personnel began CPR and the male was transported to Central Washington Hospital. Unfortunately, he did not survive and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The man’s name is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office would again like to remind you, that the waters are colder and more swift than usual. Please remember to wear a life jacket.