September 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM
Woman pulled from water after jumping from Bainbridge ferry
UPDATE 2:45 P.M. | The U.S. Coast Guard says the woman they rescued is in good condition after a 25-foot Seattle-based Coast Guard boat spotted her in the water. Coast Guard spokesman Nathan Littlejohn said the woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
The Seattle Fire Department says she is in stable condition.
A 45-foot Coast Guard boat, Coast Guard helicopter and Seattle Harbor Patrol boat also assisted in the rescue.
UPDATE 2:20 P.M. | A person who reportedly jumped off a Bainbridge Island ferry has been recovered from the water and taken by a Coast Guard boat to Seattle, according to a passenger aboard the Wenatchee. His condition was not immediately known.
“We saw the boats converge on something,” said passenger Karen Collins. “Later they told us on the speaker it takes a lot of people to pull this off, and thanked passengers for their role in helping him to get on his road to recovery.”
After being stopped to help search for the person for about 45 minutes, the ferry Wenatchee is again on its way from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, she said.
ORIGINAL POST: Rescuers are searching for a man witnesses say jumped off a ferry after it had departed Seattle for Bainbridge Island this afternoon.
Though the report of a passenger’s fall into Puget Sound about halfway through its trip after a 1:10 departure is still unconfirmed, two of the Wenatchee ferry’s rescue boats and the Coast Guard have been called to search nearby waters for the man, said Marta Coursey, spokeswoman for the Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division.
The Tacoma ferry scheduled to leave Seattle at 2:05 p.m. left early to help search as well, she said.
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