Search on in Kittitas Co. for missing off-duty firefighter knocked off paddleboard
KITTITAS CO., Wash. – The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office says an Auburn man went missing at Lake Cle Elum when waves and strong winds knocked him and a friend off their paddleboards on Saturday.
Peter Phan, 34, and his friend were knocked into the water at about 2 p.m. A jet skier rescued his friend, who was wearing a life jacket.
Phan has not been seen since. He was wearing black swim shorts and no shirt or shoes at the time. He was not wearing a life jacket.
KAPP-KVEW has confirmed that he is a volunteer firefighter with Mountain View Fire & Rescue in Auburn.
Members of the Sheriff’s Marine Unit, Dive Team members from Kittitas and Yakima County and the Search & Rescue K-9 unit suspended their initial search due to weather and darkness. The search resumed Monday morning with additional resources from the King County Sheriff’s Office.
“We have requested additional divers and a Side Scan Sonar to augment our search operations. We are optimistic the additional resources will allow us to recover Mr. Phan and pray this will help bring some comfort to his family and friends,” Undersheriff Clay Myers said in a statement.