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Boy, dog found alone and adrift

SEPT. 13 — A 3-year-old Kirkland, Wash., boy was rescued from a boat drifting in Lake Washington Sunday after his father jumped overboard in an attempt to rescue their dog, and never returned.

Two men discovered the boy and a dog in a ski boat at about 3:30 p.m., news reports say. A second dog, wearing a canine PFD, was found floating nearby, according to the police report. The boy told authorities that he and his father, 37-year-old William R. Taylor, had been fishing on the boat when one of the dogs jumped into the water. Taylor went in after the dog but wasn’t wearing a PFD, the boy said.

The men also found a pair of sneakers believed to be Taylor’s in the water about 30 yards from the boat, the reports say.

U.S. Coast Guard divers and local authorities searched the waters until 8 p.m. but were unable to locate Taylor’s body. “The problem is that we don’t have a positive starting point in the search,” Mercer Island Police Sgt. Leslie Burns says in a news report. “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

The search continued Monday afternoon with authorities using Sonar and underwater cameras, Burns says.

Jason Fell