Man is dead after pickup goes into Mercer Slough

Bellevue Police are investigating the death of a 54-year-old man who drove his pickup truck off the Sweyolocken Boat Launch into the Mercer Slough yesterday morning.

A call came into 9-1-1 just after 9:00 a.m., Oct. 17, reporting a submerged truck about 60 feet off shore in the water at the Sweyolocken boat launch in the 3000 block of Bellevue Way S.E.

Bellevue Police and Fire Fighters responded to the scene within minutes.  Two divers from the Bellevue Fire Department swam out to the Ford F-150 truck and determined no one was in the vehicle. A large tow truck was called to the scene to pull the vehicle out of the water.

Mercer Island Marine Patrol Dive Team and Search and Rescue were called to the scene to assist in the search. The dive team searched the slough for approximately 30 minutes and located the 54-year-old owner of the truck submerged under seven feet of water.

During the initial investigation, police discovered the driver, a North Bend resident, had not shown up to work in Bellevue this morning.  His wife said she had texted him a couple of times but had not received a reply.

Bellevue detectives will continue to investigate the circumstance of this tragic incident.

The King County Medical Examiner will release the name of the deceased after their examination.


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