Teens honored for park drowning rescue

July 23, 2013

In August 2012, cousins Patrick Finigan, 16, and Ian Fursman, 15, became heroes when a trip to Lake Sammamish State Park turned into a rescue.

The boys started to notice trouble when a girl between the ages of 12 and 14 began to struggle in the water, calling for help. The girl’s friends swam back to shore to get someone to help their friend. Finigan swam out and pulled the drowning girl back to safety.

By Greg Farrar King County Sheriff John Urquhart reads commendations July 16 honoring Patrick Finigan (left), 16, of Orting, and his cousin Ian Fursman, 15, of Snoqualmie.

By Greg Farrar
King County Sheriff John Urquhart reads commendations July 16 honoring Patrick Finigan (left), 16, of Orting, and his cousin Ian Fursman, 15, of Snoqualmie.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old boy had slipped under the water, so Finigan returned to the water and dove about 6 feet below the surface and pulled him up. Fursman assisted, helping his cousin pull the boy back to shore.

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