Man Who Drowned Off Kirkland Park Identified as Kenmore Resident

David Ulm, 54, had been enjoying a family outing Wednesday evening at the beach when he went into Lake Washington to retrieve a ball, struggled and went under.


The man who drowned in Lake Washington off Kirkland’s O.O. Denny Park during a family outing Wednesday night has been identified as 54-year-old David Ulm.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Ulm died of freshwater asphyxia, or drowning. Kirkland Police spokesman Sgt. Rob Saloum said Ulm was from “the Kenmore area.”

Police and firefighters were called just before 9 p.m. Wednesday night to Denny Park on Holmes Point Drive in the Finn Hill area and found two people in the water searching for Ulm. One was his wife and the other a bystander, and a Kirkland Fire Department dive team helped them ashore.

Marine and dive teams from Seattle, King County and Mercer Island joined Kirkland firefighters, and a Mercer Island dive team recovered Ulm’s body just after 9 p.m.

Saloum said Ulm had gone into the lake to retrieve an errant ball and then had difficulty swimming and went under. His wife and the bystander then tried to help him.

A reader that she had seen the family enjoying the beach and sunset just before the accident.

"Just before 9:00 pm, we walked by the family on the way to our car and they were having a good time," the reader said. "It was a beautiful evening and lovely sunset. I was so sad to hear this news when we returned home."

GMJ August 03, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Terrible event for this family. Our hearts go out to them and our prayers are with them.
EMB August 08, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I feel so bad for the family.And the saddest part is Dave Ulms son is in my Ele. class my heart goes out to the family my thay be safe and sound.
Allison Barr August 08, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Dave Ulm's memorial will be held Thursday August 9th at 1pm at Inlgewood Presbytrian church in Kirkland. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to his memorial fund at Key Bank . We will miss you Dave, you were an important part of the Arrowhead community. Prayers to Caroline , Tori and Daniel.
Greg Johnston August 08, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Thank you Allison for that information, and thank you GMJ and EMB for your thoughts. All of us who live here on Finn Hill continue to be saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts are with Dave Ulm's family as well.


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