Teen who drowned in Chehalis was from Nigeria

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 1:18 PM

CHEHALIS, Wash. -- Lewis County authorities say the 17-year-old who drowned while swimming with friends Saturday afternoon in the Chehalis River at Rainbow Falls State Park was a Nigerian who moved to Washington eight months ago.

He was identified by the coroner as Linsey Mike. His parents live in Tacoma.

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The sheriff's office says the group of friends was camping and decided to go swimming.

The Chronicle reports Mike said he was not a good swimmer but jumped in the water anyway. He surfaced with arms flailing in the swift, cold current.

A 19-year-old woman jumped in after him but he went under water and did not resurface. Searchers found his body the next day.

The coroner ruled the death an accidental drowning.

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