The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office on Monday resumed the search for 33-year-old Peter Phan, last seen around 2 p.m. Saturday when he fell off his paddle board while on Lake Cle Elum, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded to a report of a missing paddle boarder on Lake Cle Elum at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Phan of Auburn was paddle boarding with a friend off the northeast shore of Lake Cle Elum when they were knocked over in high winds and waves. Phan’s friend, who was wearing a life vest, was rescued by a nearby jet ski but Phan disappeared and has not yet been located.

Phan was wearing black swim shorts and no shirt or shoes. He was not wearing a life vest.

Members of the Sheriff’s Marine Unit, dive team members from Kittitas and Yakima County and the Search & Rescue K-9 unit suspended the search due to weather and darkness. The search resumed Monday morning with additional resources from the King County Sheriff’s Office.

“We have requested additional divers and a Side Scan Sonar to augment our search operations,” said Kittitas County Undersheriff Clay Myers. “We are optimistic the additional resources will allow us to recover Mr. Phan and pray this will help bring some comfort to his family and friends.”


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