Bellingham

Young man dies after leaping from Bellingham falls

Young man dies after leaping from Bellingham falls
Whatcom Falls (Flickr photo by We Hope via Wikimedia Commons)
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A young man has died after jumping off waterfalls in Bellingham and getting swept by a swift current.

The Bellingham Herald reports the swimmer jumped off the lower of two waterfalls at Whatcom Falls Park and did not surface around 8:45 p.m. Monday. A city parks employee nearby jumped in the water to look for him.

Moments later, the swimmer's body was pulled out and first responders performed CPR. He was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital.

The swimmer has not been identified, although it's believed he was a teenager.

The rescue effort began about 10 minutes after sunset.