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.

Joanne August 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Very very sad and tragic. These warnings are posted on the Lake Tapps Park website: http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ourorg/parks/LakeTapps.htm#Swimming Safety Tips
Kathleen August 06, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Warnings on a website do little good. People don't read the signs either as there are so many signs around these days. While a drowning will happen in spite of best efforts, I still vote for a lifeguard. One with CPR and rescue training may save a life and lowers the risk of drownings.
sally August 06, 2012 at 06:06 PM
There was a Life Guard on duty at Steel Lake in Federal Way. It didn't help there, and it is a much smaller lake. Sad. Sorry for the family. Life Guards are not the answer. Give these kids a place to swim too, a floating dock to rest on. Something. Kids & adults too want a destination to go towards. So they try to go across, lets put something in the middle. A place to rest.
Leo23 August 06, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Yesterday there was also a water rescue at Steel Lake, lifeguards were on duty but could not find the swimmer until the South King County Dive team arrived and found him. He was under water for 30 minutes and they were able to get a pulse before transporting him. Even with lifeguards you could never cover all of Lake Tapps.
Chris W August 06, 2012 at 06:38 PM
The floating dock is not the answer either. These are an "attractive nuisance" and just cause problems, which is why the one at Allan Yorke was removed. Kids are constantly pushing and shoving each other into the water off of them. One time a kid got shoved on the floating dock at Allan Yorke and hit his head on the dock on the way down. He had to be taken away in a neck brace on a stretcher. The last time I was at Allan Yorke, the dock was gone so kids were pushing and shoving each other off of the concrete walkway. Until people stop running and pushing each other on these structures, people will continue to get hurt.
sally August 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Oh no, kids pushing kids in a lake! Lets wrap them in bubble wrap and keep them inside!! Running at a park? Not that too? Holy cow, it is amazing the human race continues on.
Joanne August 06, 2012 at 08:18 PM
The person who drowned is Marcus Weekly 19 years old and from Kent.
Lauren Padgett (Editor) August 06, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Thanks for the update, Joanne. We have confirmed that information with the Medical Examiner.
Jessica Brown August 07, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Marques Weekly aka Bubbah u will be missed and we will NEVER forget u!! The gathering will be wensday night at Stadium High School at the "S" at 8:30pm
Jawbone Kent August 07, 2012 at 01:21 AM
LIFE JACKETS, they will save your life whether they look cool or not. LIFE jackets..Their not named DEATH jackets for a reason. Whether you know how to swim or not, enforce the wearing of LIFE jackets..when I was a younger we all knew how to swim, now days it isn't so much the case! Regardless of Race, LIFE JACKETS aren't discrimatory they work for anyone..The alternative is a Funeral Service. R.I.P.
CoreyAnn August 07, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Lifeguards are a wonderful idea but not all of the deaths have happened in the same location. This is a big lake with most of it surrounded by residential homes. I don't know how people propose to "guard" those areas. The main problem as seen by ALL the deaths that have happened on the lake in the past couple of years is that these are TEENS. Issues surround that are: 1) Swimming/water training 2) Parental involvement (Are they on location and watching their children? Were they instrumental in teaching water safety in their children?) 3) Teen partying/rough housing/drinking 4) Locality (Most of these kids who've died are not locals who understand the nature of Lake Tapps - chiefly how cold the water is and how it saps energy) I don't think that lifeguards can patrol the entire lake. I also don't think that the lake should be closed to the populace (like some have brought up in the past). Instead we all need to take personal responsibility that our children have a grasp of water safety basics and swimming techniques. We need to educate non-locals/new transplants as to the dangers of the glacier cold waters. In the end we, as parents, need to get in the water with our kids more often rather than making swimming training someone else's problem (namely lifeguards or structured swim instructors).
Steph August 07, 2012 at 05:42 AM
I was at lake tapps yesterday when this all happened. He was not under for 15 minutes. It was more like 30-45 min from the time they told everyone to get out of the water to the time they got the teen onto the stretcher.
sally August 07, 2012 at 05:47 AM
I was at Lake too yesterday. Water temp? A balmy 76. Lets move past this glacier fed lake nonsense. Lake Washington is colder. No lifeguards on Log Boom!!
real August 07, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Hey stop the arguing and say some prayers this could have been ur family sister, brother,mom or dad this was my sisters boyfriends brother my thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has lost someone. This article was about a young man who lost his life pray for his family for strength and comfort. R.I.P
sally August 07, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Real- I feel for the family. A tragic loss of life. Sad. It should not be this way. Ever. It is hard for someone like me, who has lived here a long time. Who started coming to this lake as a young child & is raising a child here to turn on the news and hear someone who has never been here, call this a "killer lake". All lakes have tragedys from time to time. We are body of water, just like many others. To label Lake Tapps like that is just wrong. I am sorry for your family & friends loss. I hope they can remember the good times.
Debbie y August 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I was also there that day. It was such a somber, quiet time. I am shocked that with how crowed the place was, no one saw Marchus struggling, or that not one person could have gotten to him. There were maybe three lifejackets being worn. I did not see him swimming, only when they found him and started CPR. It was horrible, sight, knowing that maybe some way, he could have been saved. I'm not blaming the people at were there at all, I just find it hard to believe that some way, this could have been avoided. I'm praying for his family, his friends and that no one else has to die at this lake. It will be hard for me to return there for a long time. Being witness to such tragedy was very very sad.
Colleen August 07, 2012 at 07:09 PM
The correct spelling of his name : Marques Weekly - He was a beautiful, beautiful soul. There are countless broken hearts everywhere.
Lauren Padgett (Editor) 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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