Port Orchard man drowns in Panther Lake

A Port Orchard man drowned Aug. 9 in Panther Lake, near the Mason and Kitsap County line.

According to the Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell, Anthony Steven Asuelo, 41, drowned during a boating accident. An autopsy will be performed this week and the incident is under investigation by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s report stated MCSO was notified about the accident about 10 p.m., when three men took a small boat onto the lake to fish without oars or life jackets. After sunset, the men started paddling to the shore with their hands when the boat began to sink.

Asuelo disappeared underwater, while two the other men swam to shore.

Around 11:52, MCSO launched a patrol boat and discovered the missing man laying on the bottol of the lake. A Kitsp County Sheriff’s Office dive team recovered the body and he was pronounced dead at the scene.


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