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Federal Way man's body found after row boat accident

Deputies have recovered the body of a 23-year-old Federal Way man who was thrown into Star Lake near Federal Way when a row boat capsized over night, the King County Sheriff's Office reported.

Another man and woman, both 21, in the 12-foot boat swam to shore safely after the boat took on water and capsized around 1:10 a.m. Thursday.

Deputies found the Federal Way man's body around 7 a.m. Thursday after a homeowner along Star Lake call 911 to report something was floating underneath his dock, the sheriff's office said.

The incident began when the three rowed across the lake to the Star Lake Tavern. As they were rowing back to the home where the woman lived, the bow of the boat went under water and the boat began to sink, the sheriff's office said. They were not wearing life jackets, The Associated Press reported.

All three started swimming to shore but the Federal Way man didn't make it.

Divers from the sheriff's office responded to the scene, and at least one homeowner searched the lake with a personal boat without finding the man. The search was called off at 4 a.m. and was due to resume at daybreak.

Star Lake is in South King County between Auburn and Federal Way.

The name of the man who drowned has not been released.

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