Death of North Bend man pulled from Mercer Slough ruled accidental drowning

The King County Medical Examiner's Office is listing the cause of death for a 54-year-old North Bend man whose body was recovered off the Sweyolocken boat launch in the Mercer Slough on Oct. 10 as an accidental freshwater drowning after he inadvertently drove his pickup truck into the water.

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle submerged in the slough around 9 a.m. Two divers from the department swam out to the sunken Ford F-150 and found no one inside, according to police. The vehicle was removed using a large tow truck, and divers with the Mercer Island Police Department were called in. They found the body of James B. Fisher around 1 p.m. about 35 feet from where his truck had been submerged and about seven feet below water, said Ofc. Carla Iafrate of the Bellevue Police Department.

Fisher did not show up for work that morning, nor did he respond to cellphone texts from his wife, according to police. Iafrate said the department likely won't release further information regarding the accidental drowning.

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