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January 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Search suspended for man overboard in Lake Washington

Update 4:45 p.m.:

The Seattle Police Department called off the search for the missing boater at dusk, said spokeswoman Renee Witt. His body was not located and his name has not been released.

Update | 12:35 p.m:

The Seattle Police Department tweeted an update from the Harbor Unit, indicating officers will continue the search for the man “indefinitely.” The man is believed to have fallen off a sailboat about 200 yards off Magnuson Park.

Update| 11:44 a.m:

A search for a man who fell overboard from a sailboat in Lake Washington this morning has been suspended, but the Seattle Police Department’s Harbor Unit will  try later to recover the man’s body, according to a police spokeswoman.

Detective Renee Witt said people aboard a sailboat off Magnuson Park noticed that one of their companions had not been seen for some time. The people on the boat saw the man’s life jacket in the water and called 911 shortly after 10 a.m., Witt said.

The Seattle Fire Department, the police Harbor Patrol Unit, the King County Sheriff’s Marine Unit and Coast Guard all responded, but failed to locate the man, she said. A Seattle Fire Department dive team was called off around 10:50 a.m. because the water in the area was deemed too deep for divers, said Lt. Sue Stangl. At 11:10 a.m., the Fire Department tweeted that the search had “transitioned from rescue to recovery.”

The sailboat was returned to a nearby marina, according to Witt.

Original post:

A search is under way on Lake Washington for someone who may have fallen overboard from a sailboat, said Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman, Lt. Sue Stangl.

“We have very little information,” she said at 10:45 a.m., about 40 minutes after someone from the sailboat called 911 to report the accident near the south end of Magnuson Park on Sand Point Way Northeast

The Seattle Police Department’s Harbor Patrol Unit is at the scene and a Coast Guard helicopter is standing by, Stangl said.

A few minutes later, around 10:50 a.m., Stangl said a fire-department dive team was called off because the water in the area where the person may have gone overboard is too deep. About 11:10, the Fire Department tweeted that the serch has “transitioned from rescue to recovery.”

We will update as more information becomes available.

Comments | Topics: Lake Washington, overboard, rescue

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