MERCER ISLAND, Wash. – A man who went fishing with his 3-year-old son and two dogs vanished in Lake Washington (search) and likely drowned, fire officials in this Seattle suburb said.
Two men in a boat found the little boy with a dog in a motorboat and another dog in the water nearby shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sunday about 200 yards off Luther Burbank Park (search) near the northern end of the island, according to police and a Fire Department news release.
The child indicated that one of the dogs bounded into the lake and that his father, William Ross Taylor (search), 37, of Kirkland, went after the dog without a life preserver but failed to return in an area where the water is about 40 feet deep.
About 30 yards from the boat the men found a pair of shoes, police Sgt. Leslie Burns said.
Divers from the Coast Guard, King County, Mercer Island and several other municipalities searched without success in the murky water until nightfall. Sonar and underwater camera technology was being lined up for the resumption of the search Monday morning.
"The problem is that we don't have a positive starting point in the search," Burns said. "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack."
Police cared for the boy until his mother was contacted and picked him up shortly before sunset.