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FW man drowns in Lake Tapps on Labor Day

A man who drowned Labor Day in Lake Tapps has been identified by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office as Arvin R. Weherawatthage of Federal Way.

Weherawatthage, 39, was swimming across a designated swimming area at Lake Tapps North Park with a friend when he disappeared under the surface.

A Pierce County Sheriff’s Department diver was already on the scene and recovered Weherawatthage within 10 minutes after he went under. Additional divers and medical personnel who responded were unable to resuscitate Weherawatthage.

He was pronounced dead at the scene around 4:30 p.m. Officials determined it was an accident.

Sheriff’s department spokesman Ed Troyer said divers were in the area because the long weekend would draw more people than normal, and Lake Tapps has been the scene of several drownings in recent years.

The lake is glacier feed, making for really cold temperatures, Troyer said. The water is also dark, and lots of snags at the bottom present risks to swimmers, Troyer said.

“People just don’t realize what happens to their body when the temperature gets that low,” Troyer said. “Strong young men can drown in there because their body is weakened by the cold.”

Latino family health fair on Sept. 6

The fourth annual South King County Latino Family Health Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Sept. 6, at Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S., Auburn.

The event will feature free health screenings, resource information, prizes, food, entertainment and workshops. Eligible families will have the opportunity to sign their children up for free or low-cost health coverage through Washington Apple Health for Kids.

For more information, call Cathy Aby at (253) 874-7642.

Free hearing aids for kids

Quota International of Kent is supplying free hearing aids for low-income youth whose health insurance doesn’t cover the devices through a program called Sound Beginnings. For more information, call (206) 824-2404. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30.

Blood donations needed in FW

Cascade Regional Blood Services will accept blood donations from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church, 1829 S. 308th St. in Federal Way.

To make an appointment, call (253) 945-2011.

Student earns $5,000 scholarship

Amanda Font, of Federal Way, received a $5,000 Kaiser-Borsari Educational Foundation Scholarship for the 2008-2009 school year at Western Washington University. The scholarship is given to a student enrolled in the engineering technology program.

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