Last night (September 12) a group of 3 young men (20’s) decided to go swimming in Puget Sound near the DuPont dock (sand and gravel barge area). They did not have any thermal protection (i.e. wet suits) or life preservers according to the police and fire team that were stationed at Solo Point this morning. They apparently swam out into the Sound and became disoriented and had trouble determining the route back to shore: 55 degree water, a swift tide and darkness will do that to you. Two of the young men made it back to shore but the third did not and drowned. Apparently then found his body this morning.
Let this be a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks they can swim in Puget Sound: the cold water is a very efficient killer via hypothermia which is probably what caused this young man’s death. I SCUBA dive in the sound and even with a wet suit it is still cold. I have repeatedly seen young men….perhaps soldiers….swimming out into the Sound with little regard for their safety. A few weeks ago I watched as a young man swam 100 yards off shore to a friend’s boat and barely made it back to shore.
Please publicize this story. Swimming in Puget Sound makes about as much sense as walking on the B&N railroad tracks with your ears plugged. They both can kill you.