Update at 9 p.m.: The man who fell inside a pontoon was rescued Thursday afternoon, according to the Washington State Department of Transprotation. He has a leg injury but is in stable condition.
Original post: The Bellevue Fire Department is working to rescue a man who fell 15 to 20 feet inside a pontoon that’s part of the 520 Floating Bridge project.
Officials are establishing a “confined space rescue,” the Bellevue Fire Department said shortly before 4 p.m.
Emergency responders said the worker is “stable,” said Suanne Pelley, spokeswoman for the Highway 520 project.
The accident happened in Pontoon C, which is on Lake Washington but hasn’t been attached yet to its position, near the future west highrise. The worker was inside the pontoon, someplace below the top deck, when the fall happened, said Pelley. The crew inside Pontoon C, which is a 360-foot long lengthwise pontoon, has been working on joining that pontoon to some smaller supplemental pontoons, which add stability to the sides of Pontoon C.
Bridge traffic is not impacted.