May 2, 2012 in News

Angler who died in Waitts Lake ID’d, retrieved


The body of angler who died Saturday after jumping into Waitts Lake in Stevens County to retrieve his fishing rod has been found.

Stevens County sheriff’s office identified the man as Frederick Barker, 48, of Spokane. The sheriff’s office said the rod slipped out of the boat and Barker went in after it without a life jacket.

Sheriff Kendle Allen said a sonar team from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department was able to locate the body Wednesday morning. Divers from Stevens and Spokane county sheriff’s offices then retrieved Barker.

News reports said others in the boat threw life jackets to him, but were unable to save him. Deputies believe he was unable to respond because of the shock of the cold water.

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