[4/15/19] Drowning in Lake Chelan
For Immediate Release Contact: Sergeant Kent Sisson
Drowning – Lake Chelan Phone: 509.630.7506
Date: 04/15/2019 http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a 36 year old male drowned in Lake Chelan on Saturday
afternoon (04/13/2019) when an inflatable kayak he and another subject were in flipped
over. Both subjects were ejected into the cold water. The incident occurred north of the
dock area at Lake Chelan State Park.
At 2:49pm, RIVERCOM 911 dispatch began receiving calls reference the two subjects
in the water. One of the males had not surfaced. Several boaters who were participating
in a fishing derby in the area began actively looking for the missing subject. State Park
Rangers, Sheriff’s Deputies (with a marine vessel), Chelan County Fire District #7 (with
rescue swimmers) and Lake Chelan EMS responded to assist in the search.
It was determined that Bonventure Gitau 36 years of age of Tacoma, WA had not been
wearing a personal floatation device when the two-person inflatable kayak he was in
with his friend capsized. Gitau was seen momentarily in the water by witnesses but
then disappeared under the surface. His friend, Jackson Njaru 31years if age of
Puyallup, WA, made it to a nearby boat and was pulled from the water in fair condition.
Just prior to 4:00pm, Gitau’s body was spotted on the bottom of the lake at a depth of
about 30 feet. A diver from Fire District #7 made the recovery. The body was released
to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone planning to recreate in lakes and
rivers this season, to please utilize personal floatation devices when in any type of
Inquiries concerning this media release may be made to Sergeant Kent Sisson at the
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.