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Drowning victim's body recovered at Klineline Pond

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

The body of a 42-year-old man from Vancouver was recovered on Thursday after he was presumed to have drowned in Klineline Pond Wednesday night.

Family and friends of Pioneer Kelulau looked on as the Southwest Organized Rescue Divers searched for the body of their loved one.

"Our nephew was strong, loving, very good swimmer he was born swimming," said Franie Page, Kelulau's aunt.

Kelulau had been hanging out on the fishing dock with some other family members when his niece's hat was blown into the water. That's when witnesses say he jumped in to get it, but never made it out.

Another man who jumped in to save him struggled as well and got out.

"That's how he is. He's always giving, giving, giving," Page said.

Dive teams searched the water for Kelulau on Wednesday night and resumed the search Thursday morning. Officials say the water was cold and murky, hampering search efforts.

"They're not able to see anything down there. If you can imagine crawling along the bottom, that's what they're dealing with out there," Sgt. Fred Neiman of the Clark County Sheriff's Office said.

By midday Thursday, dive teams had recovered the body in about 30 feet of water. The family says they are in shock but hope others will learn from this tragedy.

"It was freak accident and it's sad that we lost him but it's a lesson for all of us. Be careful; the water is too cold. The sun is hot but the water is too cold," added Page.

Kelulau leaves behind a wife and three kids.

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