Issaquah man drowned in Rattlesnake Lake recovered by dive team


A 38-year old Issaquah man who drowned in Rattlesnake Lake was located by a King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) dive team this afternoon.

KCSO said at approximately 6:30PM on August 6th the man was in an inflatable boat. The two friends he was with were swimming in the lake and heading back to the boat when the deceased man either jumped or fell in, went underwater, and did not resurface. 

His friends searched for him for approximately twenty minutes and were unable to locate him. That is when emergency crews were called.



The King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) said its Marine Unit will continue the search for a presumed drowning victim in Rattlesnake Lake Wednesday morning, August 7, 2019.

Crews from Eastside Fire & Rescue, Snoqualmie Fire Department and Seattle Watershed responded to Rattlesnake Lake near North Bend Tuesday night around 7:30PM and began a surface water search with certified rescue swimmers assisted by UAS Drone 181, a more advanced drone with longer flight times and enhanced cameras.

Access to the lake was restricted to first responders during the initial, hour-long search, but it was called off due to darkness.

KCSO said a male in his 30’s reportedly went under the water and did not resurface according to his two companions. They received a 911 call at 6:58PM, August 6th.

The Rattlesnake Lake water temperature was 69.8 degrees on August 5th, the most recent temperature reading recorded by King County.

Rescue crews on Rattlesnake Lake, 8/6/19. Photo: EF&R

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