Lake Meridian/City of Kent File Photo

Lake Meridian/City of Kent File Photo

Man, 43, drowns in Lake Meridian in Kent | Update

Medical examiner rules death accidental

A 43-year-old man drowned in Lake Meridian in Kent.

Ronald Smith, of Kent, died of an accidental drowning, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Rescue swimmers from Puget Sound Fire retrieved Smith’s body Monday afternoon, Aug. 10, from Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd St.

Units responded at about 12:35 p.m. to a report of a body found underwater at the lake, according to an email from Puget Sound Fire spokesman Capt. Joe Root. Dive teams from Renton Regional Fire Authority and Valley Regional Fire Authority assisted in the response.

Smith was removed from the water at about 1:15 p.m., Root said.

“The initial report was of a body found underwater by a swimmer,” Root said.

Kent Police had a few more details on Tuesday.

“Preliminary information is that he had gone to the park to meet someone and they had been swimming, however, it appears they were apart from each other,” said Kent Police Assistant Chief Jarod Kasner.

Kasner said the incident remains under investigation.

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