MASON COUNTY: Young woman drowns during swim to buoy

July 30, 2013 

A Seattle woman drowned in Lake Nawatzel about 7 p.m. Sunday, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Katiana A. Taylor, 20, formerly of Vashon Island, had swum to a buoy about 120 feet from shore when friends noticed that she was struggling and had gone under the water. They called 911 after their rescue attempts were unsuccessful.

Civilian boats with Fire District 12 and Central Mason Fire medics searched for the woman. She was located 126 feet from the dock and under more than 20 feet of water, but swimmers could not get to her.

The Sheriff’s Office launched a patrol boat, and a county dive team recovered the woman about 8 p.m. and started CPR. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident was under investigation, and an autopsy will be performed this week.

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