Divers recover body of Vancouver man from Klineline Pond

Divers recover body of Vancouver man from Klineline Pond »Play Video

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Divers recovered the body of a Vancouver man who drowned after he jumped into Klineline pond at Salmon Creek Park Wednesday, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Divers found the body of 42-year-old Pioneer Anastaco Kelulau on Thursday afternoon in about 30 feet of water near where he was last seen before being he went under, the sheriff's office said.

Clark County Fire got a call about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday reporting that a man went wading into an area of Klineline Pond that is off limits to swimmers.  Rescue crews arrived in less than five minutes, but the man was already missing underwater, according to Sarah Michelson of Fire District 6.

Members of a Vancouver family went to the pond around 6 p.m. Wednesday.  They were gathered  on the fishing dock on the south side of the pond when one of the children's hats blew into the water.

"It just happened. It was nobody's fault. It just happened," said the victim's aunt, Franie Page.

Kelulau jumped in to get it and kept swimming as the wind blew the child's hat across the water. He finally retrieved the hat and was swimming back to the dock when he went under.

He was about 50 feet from the dock at the time.

A man jumped in and tried to rescue him but was having a hard time himself in the cold water, and the family called 911.