Man dragged underwater by Tacoma whirlpool drowns
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Man dragged underwater by Tacoma whirlpool drowns

Tacoma police said a 68-year-old man drowned in Puget Sound after being dragged underwater by a drain pipe.

The incident occurred on Monday evening near Titlow Beach Park.

TPD says a 68-year-old man was drifting along the shoreline with an inflatable pool when he was pulled into an eddy by a storm drain and became stuck.

The victim was with a friend who was paddle boarding.

According to police, the elderly victim was not wearing a life jacket.

Man dragged underwater by Tacoma whirlpool drowns

It was the first of two drownings that occurred Monday in Puget Sound.

Hours later, Renton police responded to a similar report at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park.

Investigators say diving teams found the body of a 26-year-old man in the water.

There has been a spate of recent drownings in Western Washington. A man drowned in Eagle Falls on July 4, marking the third death at the popular swimming spot in Snohomish County.

Snohomish County officials also reported another drowning incident Tuesday. A teenager was rescued near Al Borlin Park and taken to a hospital.

Authorities warn swimmers to always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket and be aware of the possibility of hypothermia when swimming in Puget Sound waters.

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