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Man who drowned in 12-foot-deep pool at Wild Waves is identified

A boat splashes into a pond at Wild Waves and Enchanted Village.
A boat splashes into a pond at Wild Waves and Enchanted Village. file, 2002

King County medical examiners have identified the man who drowned Saturday at Wild Waves and Enchanted Village in Federal Way.

Vijayarengan Srinivasan, 32, was determined to have drowned accidentally at the theme park. Srinivasan had been in Washington for only a few weeks and was staying with a friend in Bellevue, Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said.

He had immigrated to Washington to work as a computer programmer and left a wife and 3-year-old child behind in India, the friend told police.

According to police reports:

A Wild Waves lifeguard looking for someone’s dropped glasses found Srinivasan at the bottom of the pool, unresponsive, about 5:45 p.m. Saturday after other guards had been told about there possibly being a body in the 12-foot-deep pool. Lifeguards removed him from the pool and attempted to revive him, and called 911. Srinivasan did not have a pulse and was not breathing.

South King Fire and Rescue medics responded and relieved the lifeguards attempting to revive Srinivasan. As they worked, hundreds of people gathered, becoming increasingly agitated as police attempted to keep them from surrounding the medics. Several people began yelling and swearing at police and park staff.

The resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful, and Srinivasan was taken to South King Fire Station 64, where he was pronounced dead.

The friend said Srinivasan was not a good swimmer and that he may have gone down a water slide not realizing there was deep water at the base.

Federal Way police are continuing their investigation, Schrock said.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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