Divers have apparently recovered the body of Clay Weden, 28 of Bellingham, from Lake Padden in Bellingham on Saturday afternoon. Weden had been canoeing with a companion, Cole B. Smith, 28, when their canoe overturned on Friday reports The Seattle Times.
Smith was rescued by a police officer and an off-duty Bellingham firefighter but they were not able to find Weden until rescue divers found his body the following day.
The lake temperatures was about 40 degrees at the time of the boating accident. It appears that neither boater was wearing life jackets though there were two jackets in the canoe.
Approximately 20-30 people die in boating accidents every year in Washington State.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in boating accidents and the family of those killed.