Bellingham, WA – Search and Rescue crews have located the body of a missing 18-year old Chinese High School student who went missing while he was visiting Camp Firwood in Whatcom County with a tour group from Seattle.
18-year old Bin Wang was last seen around 4:30 p.m. during a sailboat tipping drill with other campers according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. Wang did not speak good English and did not participate in the drill but was seen by other campers near the water, where his shoes, socks and shirt were found. No one remembered seeing him enter the water, including a life guard who was on duty at the time. Fellow campers told investigators that Mr. Wang did not know how to swim.
A search and rescue mission was launched after he was reported missing around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Search crews searched by boat and land, including using K-9’s to assist in locating Mr. Wang. A search swimmer checked the shallow areas around the camp as well. When crews were unable to locate Mr. Wang, the extensive search was suspended at dusk and resumed early Wednesday morning.
On Wednesday, Search Crews located Mr. Wang’s body using an underwater camera, in a cove near where he was last seen. The cove is said to be between 30 and 40 feet deep in the area. Mr. Wang’s body was recovered and turned over to the Whatcom County Medical Examiner’s Office. The medical examiner will determine cause and manner of death. Next of kin has been notified of Mr. Wang’s passing.
Support Officers were brought into the Camp to assist camp staff and campers. The campers are made up of mostly high school students who were at the camp for a week-long adventure. The camp is a popular Christian based summer camp filled with outdoor activities.