Medical examiner says drowning cause of man’s death in Lake Ballinger Aug. 20

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has completed its examination of a 52-year-old man who died after going into distress while swimming in Lake Ballinger Aug. 20, and ruled his death was an accidental drowning.

The victim was identified as Timothy A. Bergstrom of Shoreline.

First responders were called to the lake around 3 p.m. Aug. 20 for reports of a man in distress about 50 yards off shore. Police said the victim and his fiancée were with a group of friends who had tied their paddle boards together to form a raft. Bergstrom then left the raft to retrieve something that fell in the water.

Paddle boarders nearby heard Bergstrom’s cries and were able to pull him onto a board and begin administering CPR. South County Fire crews used a rescue boat to reach the victim and they continued CPR, but weren’t able to revive the victim.

At the time of the incident, first responders weren’t sure whether the man’s death was due to drowning or a medical emergency that occurred while he was in the water.


3 Replies to “Medical examiner says drowning cause of man’s death in Lake Ballinger Aug. 20”

  1. Very sad. The whole situation certainly does not make sense. One could certainly get a cramp, yet the whole drowning must have not bern seen immediately.


  2. Not sure if it applies here because he was asking for help, but drowning does not always look like the Hollywood flailing version. Victims are often passive. It is especially important to watch for with children. This fact was an important addition to the boating safety classes I teach. See this article:


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