Rower presumed dead in boating accident on Lake Stevens

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by KYLE MOORE, CHRIS DANIELS / KING5 News

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Posted on August 19, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 22 at 11:16 AM

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. - The search resumes this morning for a man presumed drowned in Lake Stevens, east of Everett.

Two people - a 50-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man - in a rowing shell were struck by a speed boat that was driven by a 17-year-old male.

The rowing shell tipped. The woman made it out, but the man is still missing.

Dive teams and other crews suspended their search about 10 p.m., and concede that they are working it as a recovery effort.

The accident happened about half a mile from the North Cove of Lake Stevens.

Police say the rowers were members of the Lake Stevens Rowing Club and they were out performing an exercise in one of the shells when the ski boat rammed it.

"The motorboat didn't see the crew boat in the water," said aone rower who saw the accident. 

"Accidents do happen in every sport there is. It's just hard to believe it happened here in Lake Stevens, close to home, affecting my friends," said Jane Jacobsen, a friend of the rowers.
 

Three teens in the ski boat were not injured.
 

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