Man, 26, drowns at Gene Coulon Beach

Renton police are still investigating.

A 26-year-old man drowned to death on July 8 at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton.

According to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, Mauricio Dolores Flores, 26, died as a result of asphyxia via drowning in Lake Washington. His manner of death remains undetermined.

According to an email from Meeghan Black, a spokesperson for the department, multiple officers responded at 9:51 p.m on July 8 to a welfare check call at Gene Coulon Park at 1201 Lake Washington Boulevard North.

According to the department’s initial reports, officers responded to a report of a possible drowning at Gene Coulon Beach at night and located a number of individuals with flashlights searching the water from the pier.

According to Black’s email, the individuals helped officers search the area and lake with flashlights. Officers additionally sent a drone up utilizing thermal technology to aid with the search.

“We were at the park for over an hour,” Black’s email stated. “There was no sign of the individual, and we could not determine if he had entered the water.”

The department responded a second time at 1:35 p.m. on July 9 after friends of the victim reported they believed to have located him. Renton police contacted the Renton Regional Fire Authority, with fire department personnel arriving with diving equipment.

Fire department personnel located the 26-year-old in “about 25 feet of water” and brought him to the surface.

First responders pronounced him deceased at the scene.

According to the department, initial reports indicate no suspicious activity.

Investigation into the drowning continues.

“This is a truly tragic incident,” Black stated in her email.

The drowning death of the 26-year-old man arrives three weeks after another previous drowning incident at Gene Coulon Beach Park on June 21.

According to the Renton Regional Fire Authority, fire department personnel responded to Gene Coulon Beach Park on June 21 with Renton police, the King County Marine Division, and King County Medic One.

Water rescue team members located the drowned individual on the first dive in about 25 feet of water. Crews immediately began CPR efforts, prior to transportation of the individual to the hospital.