Franklin singer drowns in Washington lake

Monday, July 12, 2010 at 3:46am
Staff reports

Franklin-based gospel trio, The Godkins, lost one of its members Saturday afternoon during a family outing in Washington state.

Israel A. Godkin, 24, of Franklin, died at 3:14 p.m. at Lake Tapps, according to reports in The (Tacoma, Wash.) News Tribune.

Family members told authorities the singer disappeared under water while swimming.

Rescue crews — already at the lake offering water safety lessons — administered CPR, but Godkin could not be revived.

They said he likely succumbed to hypothermia, one of the dangers of the glacial lake’s alluring but deadly risks. Although warm and shimmering on the surface, the water temperature is often in mid-50s, cold enough to quickly cripple a swimmer.

Godkin was the third person to die in Washington lakes in three days.

Israel Godkin and his brothers, Ishmael and Isaac comprised The Godkins, a group of Samoan who, according to their website, “Reflect their love for God and family through the gift of music.”

The trio was apparently enjoying the afternoon at the lake before tragedy struck.

The following tweet with a link to a family photo was posted on the group’s account at 12:40 p.m. Saturday, just 2 ½ hours before Israel drowned.

“Quality time with the fam at the Lake. God is Good,” the tweet read.

View the tweet here

Late Sunday afternoon, the following post was made on the group’s facebook page.

“On behalf of the Godkin family, we thank everyone for the love, prayers & consideration for the loss of Israel Allen Godkin. May God be magnified through his life. He will be missed greatly.”