Lake Kapowsin drowning victim identified. 44-year-old dad swam out to retrieve toy

File photo of a fisherman at Lake Kapowsin from March 31, 2017.
File photo of a fisherman at Lake Kapowsin from March 31, 2017. Staff photographer

A father who drowned trying to retrieve a toy from Lake Kapowsin has been identified as Anthony Fuentes.

Officials said Fuentes, 44, of Spanaway was fishing at the lake with his 12-year-old son when he spotted something floating in the water about 5 p.m. Sunday.

He swam out to retrieve the item but started going under the water, sending his son sprinting to nearby Orville Road East to flag down a passerby for help.

A driver called 911 while several others pulled Fuentes from the water and started CPR.

Graham firefighters arrived to continue CPR and take Fuentes to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.

He died shortly afterward.

Fuentes was underwater for about five minutes, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

“Anthony was a family man who worked hard to make sure his was taken care of,” according to a GoFundMe page trying to raise money for his funeral costs.

Fuentes is survived by his wife of 12 years and two sons.

Lake Kapowsin is between Graham and Eatonville.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653