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Vancouver teen drowns at Camas’ Lacamas Lake

Police say 14-year-old Anthony Huynh had been jumping off Northeast Everett Street foot bridge, swimming in lake with friends before death

(Photo by Doug Flanagan/Post-Record) A group of local children jump off the Northeast Everett Street pedestrian bridge on Aug. 13. A 14-year-old boy who had been jumping off the bridge and swimming in the lake Tuesday died after an apparent drowning.

(Photo by Wayne Havrelly/Post-Record) The Northeast Everett Street pedestrian bridge spans Lacamas Lake near Round Lake in Camas.

A 14-year-old Vancouver boy drowned in Lacamas Lake Tuesday.

Camas police say Anthony T. Huynh went to the Camas lake with five friends around 4 p.m., Tuesday, and had been jumping into the lake from the Northeast Everett Street pedestrian bridge before becoming separated from the group.

After searching for an hour, the Huynh’s friends called 911 at 6 p.m. for help locating the teen.

“They didn’t know if he was playing around with them, and they went on a search for him,” Camas police stated in a press release. “The boy’s belongings were still on the walking bridge, and there was no evidence the boy left and went home or went with other friends.”

Divers located the boy’s body around 9:30 p.m., Tuesday.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday that Huynh died from an accidental drowning.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, Clark County Sheriff’s Office Dive and Rescue Team, Multnomah County Dive Team and Camas-Washougal Fire Department assisted the Camas Police Department.

A GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign has been established to help Huynh’s family pay for his funeral and other expenses. To donate, visit gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-anthony-huynh.