High school student rescues two swimmers


Bill Reynolds

Finn Hakenson

A La Conner High School senior is a true lifesaver.

Not just once, but twice.

Finn Hakenson on separate occasions earlier this month helped two men in distress in Whistle Lake at Mount Erie Park in Anacortes. Both survived thanks in great part to Hakenson's fast thinking and strong swimming skills.

The first rescue, on May 12, was the most dramatic.

Hakenson was in the lake waiting for his friends and track and field teammates Brenden Kitchen, Isaac Kitchen, Floyd Dent and Flint Huizenga to dive in.

"That's when I heard a guy behind me yelling for help," Hakenson told the Weekly News....

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