Washington man drowns in Lake Billy Chinook

A man from Maple Valley, Wash. drowned Friday in the Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, 73-year-old Richard Bilodeau, was in a pontoon boat with his wife when he went swimming, got tired, tried to climb back into the boat and slipped back into the water, according to Sheriff Jim Adkins.

The call came in around 3:00 p.m.

As of Sunday afternoon, JCSO has been unable to locate the body, according to Adkins. No further search is scheduled as of Sunday.

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