A man, thought to be in his 20s, nearly drowned at Long Lake Park on Sunday afternoon after he swam outside the designated swimming area, according to the city of Lacey.
Lacey Parks and Recreation Director Lori Flemm, citing a fire district report, said the man, described in the report as “out of shape,” left the swimming area and swam toward a buoy in the middle of the lake.
A person with lifeguard skills saw the man become fatigued and pulled him back to shore. It was not immediately clear who rescued the man, Flemm said.
“It was a person in the right place, at the right time, with the right skills,” Flemm said, adding that the man who nearly drowned was breathing and stable before he was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital.
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People swim at their own risk at Long Lake Park until June 20. That’s when the high school and college-age lifeguards will be on summer break and on duty, she said.
Sunday’s incident will be included next week in lifeguard training for the park, Flemm said.
The man who was rescued is expected to be OK, a Lacey Fire District 3 official said via social media.