Body recovered after drowning near Hermiston

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Two men drowned after one tried to rescue a dog that fell through a frozen pond, and a neighbor tried to rescue the first man.

KOMO-TV reports a 73-year-old man was walking his dogs near Bellingham at about 6 p.m. Tuesday when the dogs ran onto a frozen pond and fell through the ice, according to Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo.

The dog owner tried to rescue his dogs, but fell through as well. A 49-year-old neighbor saw the man in trouble and attempted to rescue him, only to fall in himself.

Elfo says a third neighbor saw both men struggling and called 911.

The sheriff's office says rescuers found 73-year-old Gerald Bajema but he had died. The body of 49-year-old Tyler Takita was found Wednesday.

The sheriff's office says one dog survived and the other's body also was recovered.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/

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