On Thursday night we reported on a water rescue and missing swimmer at Golden Gardens Park. The search was suspended and the swimmer has yet to be found. In our original post, we noticed that people who said they were family members were connecting through the comments. We exchanged emails with Martin Sweet, who lives in Austria, and he says the missing swimmer is his son, Brent Sweet. He sent us this photo.
“We are very thankful to everyone at the scene who tried to save the two men,” Martin writes in an email. “We also thank you for your site and that a few of us could connect with each other there. My wife and I and our other son and daughter are heading for Seattle within the next day to come to grips with all this and maybe find some closure. He is in our prayers.”
Martin also sent an email and photos to Emily Weaver Brown, the woman who blogged about her experience helping the paddle boarder rescue Brent’s friend. And he also mentioned that Brent’s truck has disappeared from the Golden Garden’s parking lot, which may have been taken by the surviving swimmer. If you have any information that may help the Sweet family, they ask that you call the Coast Guard at 206-217-6001. (Thanks Emily for your help on this story.)
Update: Police are looking for Brent’s vehicle, a white Nissan truck, license plate GAK-524. ‘We want to locate the missing truck and talk to whoever is driving it essentially on behalf of the family because the family does not know this other man that their son was with,” Seattle Police spokesman Jeff Kappel told the 911 Blog. If you spot it, please call the SPD at 206-625-5011.