07-25-2012, 08:40 PM #1
WA - Richard Sweezey, 67, Lake Washington, 20 July 2012
Missing Mercer Island man's boat found grounded in Kirkland
Originally published July 22, 2012 at 12:52 AM | Page modified July 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM
Richard Sweezey's boat was found grounded in Kirkland on Friday night, according to King County sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West. The investigation began at 7 p.m. after a resident in the 300 block of Lake Avenue West called police to report the boat had drifted onto the shoreline.
Police boarded the 48-foot Chris Craft, Roamer, found a portable generator running and a tool in the water but didn't find Sweezey, 67.
08-01-2012, 09:30 AM #2
Have You Seen This Boat Or Missing Father Who May Have Last Been Boating Off Shore
THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012
Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson is desperately searching for his father, Richard Sweezey, who has been missing since between 1:30-4pm on July 20th and presumed drowned off the shore of Laurelhurst as the boat he was in drifted across Lake Washington before running aground in Kirkland that same evening.
08-07-2012, 10:08 AM #3
Bumping for Mr. Sweezey's loved ones, who I'm sure are missing him so.
08-11-2012, 07:14 AM #4
Family of missing man hoping for answers
by AMY MORENO / KING 5 News
Posted on August 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Updated yesterday at 10:20 PM
MERCER ISLAND, Wash. -- It's been three weeks since a Mercer Island man's boat washed up on the shores of Lake Washington without him on it.
08-13-2012, 11:28 PM #5Former Member
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Family hires firm to search for lost boater
The family of Richard Sweezey, a Mercer Island resident presumed drowned late last month in Lake Washington, has hired a private organization to continue the search for him.
08-14-2012, 03:33 AM #6
If they think he drowned in Lake Washington I'm very surprised he hasn't been found yet - there are people everywhere! Especially since its still warm. I hope he is found soon.
07-16-2013, 12:42 AM #7Former Member
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1944 ~ 2012
Richard H. Sweezey was an entrepreneur, an electrician, a rancher, a patient gardener, a pilot, a Vietnam veteran, a lover of natural beauty, a supporter of the arts and the environment, a graceful skier on snow and water, and a devoted husband and father. Rick died July 20 in a boating accident but, after his body was not recovered, was only recently declared dead.
Rick was born in Albuquerque, NM on Nov. 10, 1944, the oldest of four boys. He grew up in Anchorage and Seattle around his father's electrical contracting company, City Electric. Rick spent much of his life working for City Electric and was CEO for the last 20 years, which included some of the most prosperous times in the company's history. Under his leadership the company completed complex projects in inhospitable places, bringing electricity and telecommunications to remote parts of Alaska.
Rick served as a mechanic in the Air Force during Vietnam. After returning to the U.S., he spent 13 years running his family's ranch in Northern California. He was naturally drawn to this kind of work-tending to the land-but ultimately answered the call to duty at City Electric.
In 1985, Rick married Rae Ann Engdahl and became a father to her two children, Jeremy and Kinley. He raised his family on Mercer Island, WA, where he had himself graduated from high school and where he lived happily until his death. Rick would do anything for his family and was the first person they looked to for wisdom.
His friends and family remember Rick for his intelligence and persistence, his tireless work ethic, his ability to fix anything, his irreverent sense of humor, and his uncompromising devotion to family and business.
Rick grew up boating on Lake Washington, sailing and waterskiing from an early age. He invested a decade in the restoration of his late father's 48-foot Chris Craft Roamer, a boat known as the Tern that had once belonged to Bill Boeing Jr. On the day of his death, Rick was working on the Tern while drifting off the shore of Seattle. When the Tern washed ashore on the east side of the lake later that evening without its skipper, and after the Seattle Police and King County Sheriff were unsuccessful in their efforts to find him, Rick's friends and family rallied together to mount their own search. They raised tens of thousands of dollars to perform one of the most extensive drowning victim recovery efforts ever performed in Washington State, searching a majority of the lake bottom north of the 520 bridge using sonar technology. While the search for Rick was ultimately unsuccessful, the lengths to which his loved ones went to find him was indicative of the relationships he forged during his 67 years.
Rick is survived by his wife Rae Ann, his mother June, his children Jeremy and Kinley, his son-in-law B.J., his brother Gary (and family), and by many friends. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 5, 2013
07-19-2013, 11:04 PM #8Former Member
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*BUMPING* for Richard. Still missing. 1 year tomorrow.
11-10-2014, 10:34 PM #9
A body recovered from Lake Washington has been identified as that of a Mercer Island man who went missing after he went out on his boat more than two years ago.
Richard Sweezey, 67, drowned on July 20, 2012, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. The manner of death is classified as an accident.
11-11-2014, 12:51 PM #10Registered User
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“While the search for Rick was ultimately unsuccessful, the lengths to which his loved ones went to find him was indicative of the relationships he forged during his 67 years,” his obituary said.
It’s unclear when Sweezey’s body was found.
06-12-2015, 01:23 AM #11Registered User
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A followup story a few days later never got posted. Richard's body was found November 7, 2014, just a few days before the article was published.
Apparantly, the company the family hired to search using sonar technology had a hydroplane that sunk near one of the first places they'd searched already. It was using the sonar technology to find the hydroplane that they found Richard's body.
Recovery of Mercer Island man's body brings closure to family
November 12, 2014 · Updated 1:01 PM
Richard Sweezey, a Mercer Island man who disappeared more than two years ago while out on his boat, was found in Lake Washington last week. His family received the news on Friday Nov. 7.
Sweezey had been in the water for 840 days, the family wrote in an online update, and "in the end it was a stroke of luck that brought him home."A company called Seabotix Inc. was looking for the hydroplane with sonar equipment by Webster Point, which is "the first place we looked," Engdahl-Johnson said. About 13 divers and the Harbor Patrol helped with the extraction, he said. The body was identified with dental records.
Drowning recovery is very difficult, especially in Lake Washington. The average depth of the lake is 108 feet, and its deepest spot is 214 feet.
"The body didn't surface because it's so cold down there," Engdahl-Johnson said, though other news organizations reported that the body was "spotted" by a Seattle Police Harbor boat.
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