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Posted on: July 20, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Drowning in Skykomish River - Update

The 59-year-old man that drowned in the Skykomish River just off of Al Borlin Park in Monroe on Saturday, July 18th has been identified as Raymond C. Meinzer of Tacoma. Next of kin has been notified by the Monroe Police Department.

Seven members of the family had gathered on Saturday to float down the Skykomish
River. They launched two rafts from the Ben Howard boat launch followed by some in
float tubes. The victim was one of the family members in a float tube. No one was
wearing a life jacket.

The victim was trailing behind the other family members and got stuck in an eddy. The
family members saw him get to the bank of the river, leave his float tube and go into the
woods. They then saw him come out of the woods, get back in his float tube and re-enter
the water. That was the last time they saw him as they rounded a curve in the river.
A fisherman and another witness saw the victim floating in the water. They stated that he
appeared to be in distress and attempting to swim. They called out to him and he did not
answer. He appeared to take several gulps before going under the water and 911 was
called.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s dive team recovered the body.

NOTE – Previous reports of the victim jumping into the river from the Lewis Street
Trestle are not correct. The family’s plan that day was to float from the Ben Howard boat
launch to the Lewis Street boat launch.

The Monroe Police Department continues to investigate this incident
pending reports from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner.

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