Two people were rescued in Shilshole Bay early Saturday after one fell off a 40-foot sailboat and the other ended up in the water trying to help.
Three friends spent about 45 minutes trying to get the two men back on the boat, then called 911 at about 3:30 a.m., said Sue Stangl, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman. The two men were wearing life jackets when authorities arrived, she said, which helped them stay afloat in the frigid water.
“In my opinion, that saved them,” Stangl said. She did not have the ages of the two men, but said they were not teenagers or young adults.
After receiving the 911 call, the Seattle Police Department sent one of its harbor patrol boats, and the Coast Guard responded as well, as did the King County Sheriff’s Office with a helicopter, Stangl said. The people on the sailboat, who were about a mile offshore, sent up flares so authorities could find them, Stangl said.
The two men had symptoms of hypothermia, and were taken to Harborview Medical Center.
The Coast Guard vessel accompanied the sailboat back to the marina, Stangl said.