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Swimmer missing near south Lake Whatcom beach

SEDRO WOOLLEY, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to a location in the southern end of Lake Whatcom about 6:50pm, Sunday, July 10th, due to a report of a swimmer that had not surfaced.

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Spokesperson Deb Slater told Whatcom News via email that WCSO marine unit and search and rescue personnel joined South Whatcom Fire Authority (SWFA) in responding to the incident.

Approximate location of search for missing swimmer

An extensive search included private watercraft up until dark when it was decided that WCSO search and rescue and the marine unit would resume the search this morning according to Slater

SWFA Fire Chief Rod Topel told Whatcom News via email they assisted Whatcom County Fire District 18. It was reported that the swimmer was last seen 150 to 200 feet from shore after leaving a boat to do some swimming.

Topel said search efforts eventually transitioned from rescue to recovery.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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