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Body of drowned paddleboarder recovered from Lake Cle Elum, deputies say

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office said divers pulled the body of a missing paddleboarder out of Lake Cle Elum on Tuesday. 

The sheriff's office said Peter Phan, 33, was last seen around 2 p.m. Saturday when he and a friend were knocked off their paddleboards by strong winds and choppy waters.

KAPP-KVEW confirmed that Phan was a volunteer firefighter with Mountain View Fire & Rescue in Auburn. 

Phan was not wearing a life jacket when he fell into the water. His friend who was wearing a life jacket was rescued by a jet skier on the lake. 

At about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Phan's body was found about 50 yards offshore in the area where witnesses last saw him. The sheriff's office said he died by drowning. 

Divers from the Kittitas, Yakima and King County Sheriff's Offices had been working with Kittitas County Search & Rescue using trained cadaver dogs, underwater remote cameras and sonar 

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