UPDATE: 17-Year Old Drowns On Davis Lake
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE: On Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at approx. 7:00 pm Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Deputies and Local Fire Departments responded to Davis Lake to the report of a possible drowning.
On scene rescue personnel learned that a group of teens had been cliff jumping/diving into Davis Lake from a rock wall that is popular for such activity. It was reported that John-David (J.D.) Baker, a 17 year old from Newport had slipped when leaving the cliff and landed wrong in the water. Others from his group entered the water in an attempt to rescue him but were unable to find him.
Pend Oreille County Search and Rescue Divers along with Kalispel Indian Reservation Divers searched until darkness prevented further efforts.
On Thursday, morning, September 1, 2011 the search resumed. Divers from Spokane County and Bonner County, Idaho, joined local Divers and the Spokane County Sheriff's Helicopter provided air support in the recovery effort.
Dark water with depths of up to 135 feet hampered search efforts.
J.D. Baker's body was recovered at approx. 4:00 pm in about 90 feet of water.
KHQ.COM - On Wednesday at 7pm a group of young people were diving off a cliff into the waters of Davis Lake in Pend Oreille Co. just south of Usk.
According to witnesses one of the boys jumped into the lake and hit the water wrong and a 17-year-old went under the water.
His friends went into the water in an attempt to rescue him but were unable to locate him. The Sheriff's Office was called and divers used what was left of daylight hours to locate the body.
The search had to be called off due to darkness but resumed at daybreak Thursday morning. Divers from Pend Oreille were assisted by divers from Bonner and Spokane counties. The Spokane County Sheriff's helicopter was also used in the recovery effort.
According to witnesses the group was diving from a cliff on the west side of the lake that was somewhere between 40 to 60 feet above the waters surface into water that is very deep.
The depth of the water and the uneven surface of the bottom of lake are making the search for the body difficult. The Sheriff will be putting out a news release in the near future.
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