Teen pulled unconscious from Anacortes lake expected to recover

ANACORTES, Wash. -- A 13-year-old boy who was pulled unconscious from Anacortes' Cranberry Lake Saturday after being submerged for several minutes is expected to survive, police said.

The boy was with a group of teens swimming in the lake around 5 p.m. when he began to flounder, according to Capt. Lou D'Amelio with Anacortes police. Other members of the group tried to help the boy, but he slipped under the water and they lost track of him.

The teens yelled for help and two nearby adults in the parking lot ran and jumped into the water. They eventually found the submerged teen and pulled him to shore, D'Amelio said.

The adults began CPR until an Anacortes police officer arrived and took over. Medics arrived and continued CPR as the teen was transported to a local hospital, then eventually airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

But police say the boy has shown steady improvement over the past week, and his family reports doctors anticipate removing the boy from the ICU soon. Harborview lists the boy's condition as stable and improving, and D'Amelio says the likelihood for a full recovery is high.