Sailor Drowns in Lake Cushman

The Mason County Coroner is investigating the apparent drowning death of an active duty sailor who died while swimming with friends at Lake Cushman on Friday, June 22, at approximately 3 PM.

Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell said that the body of a 19-year-old male sailor who was stationed in Bremerton was recovered by divers approximately 90 minutes after being reported missing by his friends. The group was swimming at Party Rock, a popular swimming area off State Route 119, just before the entrance to Staircase/Olympic National Park.

An autopsy will be performed on Monday.

Naval personnel are making the next of kin notifications.

The Mason County Sheriff is also investigating the incident.