WINTHROP — A 76-year-old Shoreline man died Saturday afternoon while swimming in Pearrygin Lake northeast of Winthrop.
Charles J. Covello had just gone in the lake for a short dip at about 3:55 p.m. when someone saw him go under and not come back up, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.
He said the witness believed the man appeared to struggle for a moment before going under.
A diver and a snorkeler who were at the lake retrieved Covello, who had been under water for between 5 and 10 minutes, Rogers said.
Two EMTs on vacation there performed CPR immediately, but they were not able to revive him.
County authorities have not yet decided whether an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.