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Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols told The Bellingham Herald that the woman has been identified as Amelia Bethke.
Olympic National Park spokesperson Penny Wanger told The Herald that at approximately 6:26 p.m. Thursday, Bethke was rescued by a female friend who was swimming with her at the time. They were approximately 25 to 30 feet from shore at the time near West Barnes Point, or approximately milepost 225 along U.S. Highway 101.
Clallam County fire crews and National Park law enforcement rangers responded to the scene, Wagner said, and Bethke was taken to Olympic Medical Center, but life-saving efforts were unsuccessful.
The death is being investigated by the National Park Service, Wagner said, while the Clallam County coroner’s office will work to determine a cause of death.
Wagner said Bethke was described as an experienced surfer and swimmer, who was very active.
Temperatures in Crescent Lake can vary substantially this time of year, depending on depth and sunlight, Wagner said, “but it was the evening, so chances are the water was pretty cold.”