Teen Swimmer Rescued from Lake Tapps Dies at Hospital

19-year-old Kent resident Marques Weekly was rescued from drowning in Lake Tapps late Sunday afternoon but passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital that evening.

UPDATE 1:26 PM 8/6/12:

The Pierce County Medical Examiner has confirmed that the drowning victim is 19-year-old Marques Weekly from Kent.

UPDATE 11 PM 8/5/12:

The 19 year-old man passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital, Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer tweeted at 10:13 p.m.

This is the third drowning death on Lake Tapps this year.


A young man was rescued from drowning Sunday after he went under the water while swimming at Pierce County Park on Lake Tapps, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.

Dive teams from EPFR, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to the scene just before 5:30 p.m. They found the young man approximately 15 minutes after the first crews arrived.

He was transported by boat to a waiting medic unit. Firefighter-paramedics treated the patient at the scene and transported him to a local hospital.

Lauren Padgett August 07, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Thanks Colleen. My thoughts are with Marques' friends and family.
Elle August 07, 2012 at 11:03 PM
My group was swimming right next to them and we decided to lay out and tan, there was a cop on the peninsula who watched the whole thing, he was the one who told them all to get out of the water saying "where'd your friend go?!" three boys swam out and only two came back, my friends looked away for a split second to eat food and before we knew it, the poor girlfriend was in tears. Worst thing I've ever had to watch, it's so frustrating that the cop was watching too and he still drowned, and it took them about 45 minutes to get him out, not 15. Ps. the water was super warm too, i really don't believe the hypothermia theory. Regardless, I'm praying for the friends, family and his girlfriend, who had to watch it all happen while everyone stood around her in a circle, just staring at her boyfriend. =(
Octavia August 07, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I was a friend of Marques, he was a great role model to people, he always made people smile and laugh. He went out of his way to meet new people and make them feel welcomed at our church. He sang and danced in our church choir. Marques was truly amazing and its sad to know that it was him who had died. I'm mad that no one helped him with as many people where there, But at the same time, I am glad and happy for him because he is with God now.
Debbie y August 08, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Elle and Octavia, I'm so sorry you had to see this as well. It was the longest 45 min I've spent praying. And Octavia, as I observed the search for him, I was praying he was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. I too am happy that he is in heaven. Earth is certainly our tempoary home. Take care.
Shondea Chapman August 09, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I am sorry you all had to witness such an horrible event.Thank you for standing in the gap and praying while this was happening. Yes, Marques believed in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He had an angelic voice and enjoyed to worship in song. Please continue to pray for his family and friend. He will be greatly missed by many. God Bless you !


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