YAKIMA, Wash. -- A man nearly drowned last night in a pond at Sarg Hubbard Park in Yakima.
The Yakima Fire Department says an old injury caused the swimmer to become tired. Two of his friends went to help him, but the swimmer ended up pulling them under. A bystander then jumped in and swam out to the three swimmers and helped them back to the dock.
They were all treated at the scene, but refused to go to the hospital.
Emergency workers say the cold temperature of the water likely played a part in this incident.
"The water this time of the year is not as warm as it is in July and August and people have not been swimming all summer already, and I think those things can be problematic for those people who aren't prepared to be swimming at this time of year," said Yakima Fire Department Battalion Chief Mitch Cole.
The Yakima Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue Team was first to respond to the scene. The department just created this team in response to the high flooding.