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10 year old Issaquah girl has drowned in irrigation pond in George. 2nd irrig. accident this week

- George, WA

Another individual has passed away due to an irrigation canal. This time a 10-year-old Issaquah girl died last night from a suspected drowning in an irrigation pond near George, Washington.

The child was vacationing with family near the 300 block of Silica Road Northwest and slipped under the surface of the 3-acre pond while playing with other children. Several calls to MACC 911 around 8:30 p.m. summoned sheriff’s deputies, Grant County Fire District #3, and Protection-1 LLC ambulance as family and others searched the pond.

Arriving firefighters jumped into the pond with family and citizens and searched the shoulders-deep water for over an hour without finding the girl. An Airlift Northwest helicopter searched the pond from the sky.

Suspecting the child may have been drawn into the pond’s siphon which supplies {corrected]: water for a waterfall and beautification at the site, firefighters used hand tools to disassemble a flange joint on the siphon pipe, where they confirmed the child’s body was inside. Firefighters then carefully disassembled the pipe with power tools and recovered the girl’s body around 10:45 p.m.

The child’s body is in the care of Coroner Craig Morrison, whose staff will conduct an autopsy. The early indication is that this is an accident.

Chaplains from the sheriff’s office and Fire District 3 provided supportive care to family, bystanders, and responders at the scene.

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