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'I didn't want to see my friend drown right in front of me'

'I didn't want to see my friend drown right in front of me'

TACOMA, Wash. -- After several days of search and recovery efforts, dive teams finally pulled an18-year old from the chilly waters of Alder Lake in Thurston County on Monday.

Shawn Hale-Moody of Parkland drowned on the 4th of July.

Investigators say three friends were floating on a log when it overturned. Two were able to swim to safety, but Hale-Moody went under and never made it to shore.

"He just yelled for help and I turned back and he kept saying, 'Help, help!'" said Wilbur Owensby, who was swimming with Hale-Moody in the water.

The 18-year old's family says he was a good swimmer, but exhaustion and the chilly water pulled him below the surface.

"I didn't want to see my friend drown right in front of me," said Owensby

But that's what happened. Hale-Moody graduated from Gates High School in Parkland on June 7.  His family's SUV is still decorated with good wishes from his graduation ceremony at their Parkland home.

"Shawn was loving, funny and had a big heart," said Janice O'Neal, the teen's mother.

There will be a candlelight vigil for Hale-Moody on Saturday at 8 p.m.. at Goneyea Park in Tacoma.

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