LEAVENWORTH — A 42-year-old Seattle man drowned Sunday while swimming at Barn Beach downstream of Blackbird Island in Leavenworth.
Monty Carter was out hiking with three friends earlier in the day. After hiking, he waded out into the eddy to cool off about 5:30 p.m. said Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett. He began shouting for help but went under before anyone could get to him.
Bystanders looked along the shore and swam around in the eddy but could not find the man, said John Wisemore, the sheriff’s chief of operations.
Rescuers later found him about five feet under the water, just downstream of where he was last seen. He had been under water for more than 35 minutes by the time rescuers recovered his body.
Carter lived in Seattle and worked at the Northwest School where he taught music and coached the JV girls basketball team, said Margie Combs, director of communication for the school. He also worked at the Lakeside School in Seattle. He graduated from Yale University in 1993 with a masters of music in piano performance, Combs said.
“Monty had a beautiful connection with our students. He was a beloved foundation in our community, both teaching and coaching,” Combs said.
Barn Beach is within the same 1.5 mile stretch of river that claimed the lives of three people in two months last summer.