MAINTENANCE WORKER PULLS DROWNING MAN FROM LAKE CUSHMAN
A 22 year-old Bellevue man has died after being pulled from Lake Cushman by maintenance worker Randy Bruff at approximately 2:45 in the afternoon on May 10, 2016. After pulling the drowned man from the water, Bruff performed CPR for several minutes until fire/medical personnel arrived and took over.
The man’s pulse returned and he was transported to Foothills Park where he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.
Sheriff Casey Salisbury said, “Randy Bruff showed quick thinking and took heroic actions to bring this man from the water.”
The victim reportedly jumped from a small rubber raft to swim toward his daughter and another individual at a nearby dock after seeing some large dogs approaching them. His girlfriend reported that he never made it to the dock and just went under.
Two Lake Cushman Community maintenance workers were at the park when they heard that a man had gone under the water. Guy Egbert called 9-1-1 while Randy Bruff jumped into the lake, located the victim, and swam him back to the dock where CPR was performed until medical units arrived to take over.
The Mason County Search and Rescue Dive Team was activated during the initial call out but was cancelled once deputies arrived and verified that the victim had been removed from the water.
The King County Medical Examiner will be working with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office to complete the death investigation.