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November 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM

UPDATE: Boat capsizes off Alki Beach; 4 people recovered, 1 dead

UPDATE 9:05 p.m.: An email from Ballard Marine Construction says the man who had been listed in critical condition has died.

UPDATE 3:35:  The final person missing from the capsized boat has been recovered and has been airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. The person was unconscious and unresponsive when found and his condition was considered life-threatening, according to Seattle Fire spokesman Kyle Moore.

Moore said the man, whose age is not yet known, had been underwater for approximately 20 minutes when found.

“That’s a long time,” he said. CPR was administered to him during the flight to Harborview, he said.

The other three people recovered from the boat are reported to be in fair condition and were being evaluated at a fire station, Moore said. He said they would likely be taken to Harborview for further evaluation.

According to Coast Guard Petty Officer Third-Class Jordan Akiyama, the men were part of a team on two Ballard Marine Construction boats and were helping conduct underwater surveys off Alki Point this afternoon when the weather got worse.

Both boats had begun to head north when the captain in the front vessel saw that the boat behind him had overturned, Akiyama said.

The Coast Guard launched two rescue boats, as well as a helicopter dispatched from Port Angeles, he said. In addition, Seattle Fire launched its rescue boat and Seattle police sent divers.

Previous post: One person is missing and three have been rescued after a commercial vessel capsized off West Seattle’s Alki Beach shortly after 2 p.m. today.

The Coast Guard, along with a Seattle Fire Department dive team and a Seattle Police Harbor Patrol vessel are on the scence.

More details will follow.

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