AUBURN, Wash. – Mountain View Fire and Rescue said their firefighter Peter Phan, who drowned after falling off his paddleboard on Lake Cle Elum last weekend, was not wearing a life jacket because he had given his to a friend.
“He gave up his life jacket and the tether to put on the friend, so that his friend would feel safer,” said Mountain View Fire and Rescue Lt. Keith Bell. “The squall came up; they were both thrown off the paddleboard.”
Deputies said rough weather knocked Phan into the water, who was off-duty at the time at Lake Cle Elum for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. His body was recovered several days later.
Donations are being collected through GoFundMe to help cover costs for a memorial service. Details on the service have not been released.
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