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January 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Man pulled from Lake Washington says he lied about woman in water

Update| 1:22 p.m: Police report they are now satisfied that no woman is missing in this incident. Police say the man they pulled from the water this morning told them he lied about a girlfriend or anyone else being in the lake with him.

Detectives contacted the man’s girlfriend and she is fine. Police used sonar to search the water and found no one else.

Original post: Police and fire officials pulled a man from the water this morning near Spinnaker Bay in South Seattle, and have been trying to learn whether a woman might also have been in the water. She is missing, police said.

Just after 4 a.m., someone reported to police that a man and woman in the water were yelling for help. Officials arrived at Spinnaker Bay, in the 9500 block of Rainier Avenue South, and rescued him. He had cuts on his face, neck and chest, and his eyes were swollen.

Police said the man appeared intoxicated, and kept changing his story. But, they say, he told them he was running from a woman, who also had been in the water. He said he didn’t know her name, and could not say how he got in the water. Police said he told them he had not been assaulted.

Divers searched the water, but found no one.

Comments | Topics: Lake Washington, rescue, Spinnaker Bay


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