Teenage girl dies after apparent drowning at Birch Bay pool


A teenage girl died at a Seattle hospital Tuesday evening, a day after firefighters tried to save her from an apparent drowning in Birch Bay.

Ambulances responded to an outdoor pool in the 7300 block of Birch Bay Drive around 2 p.m. Memorial Day, for a report that a girl had drowned. Firefighters performed CPR on the unconscious 14-year-old girl.

She was rushed to St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham. Later the girl was taken to a hospital in Seattle, where she died Tuesday evening.

The official cause and manner of death will be investigated by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Sheriff Bill Elfo said the death appears to be a tragic accident.

This story was updated at 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 31. An earlier version misidentified the 14-year-old girl.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb