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Originally published Monday, July 21, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Seattle man drowns after jumping into Chehalis River

A 31-year-old Seattle man drowned Saturday afternoon after jumping from a railroad trestle into the Chehalis River.

Associated Press

Lewis County — A 31-year-old Seattle man drowned Saturday afternoon after jumping from a railroad trestle into the Chehalis River.

Friends of the man, whose identity was not disclosed, said he surfaced briefly and then vanished shortly before 4 p.m. Friends said the man was advised to jump feet first, but he landed in the water head first. Friends tried unsuccessfully to locate him in the water.

A Lewis County sheriff's deputy who is also a diver retrieved the body just a few minutes after his arrival. He was dead at the scene.

County Fire District 6 Chief Bud Goodwillie said the train trestle is about 15 feet above the water off Highway 603, west of Chehalis.

Deputy Coroner Wayne Mummert said there were logs in the water in the area that were not visible until an hour or so after the drowning. The sheriff's office said it was believed the man's death was accidental.

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