Man dies after jumping into cold lake

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 25-year-old Anchorage man drowned Saturday after jumping into a cold lake in a South Anchorage park.

Shelton Moore and friends were enjoying warm weather at Taku Lake when Moore ran off a dock and did a cannonball, police said. Moore, described by police and friends as a weak swimmer, panicked when he hit the water, a friend said.

Firefighters later measured the water at 38 degrees.

Longtime friend Jerome Walker and Moore's fiancee jumped into the water to help, said Keith Walker, Jerome's brother.

''He kept kicking and yelling. They just had to let him go,'' Keith Walker said.

Dispatchers got a report of the drowning at 3:09 p.m. After Walker and Moore's fiancee left the water, two men on the beach went in but couldn't retrieve Moore. Anchorage Fire Department rescue diver Joel Wagner found Moore in 15 feet of water at 3:36 p.m., within a minute of entering the water, said Deputy Chief Bridget Bushue.

Emergency crews started CPR as soon as they pulled him from the water, said Anchorage police Sgt. Darrel Redick. Moore's heart started and stopped several times as emergency workers tried to save him, Redick said.

''He had a strong heart. He kept coming back, then they would lose him,'' he said.

Moore died at Alaska Native Medical Center after arriving there around 4 p.m.



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