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August 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM
A man thought to be in his 50s was pulled from Lake Union Saturday night and taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said.
The man had been swimming off a boat when he disappeared from view, Moore said. Some time later he came to the water’s surface, face-down. Others on the lake pulled him to a boat and began CPR, Moore said. They then brought him to a small dock at 1050 Fairview Ave. E., where medics with the fire department were able to resuscitate him.
Medics were able to get “good vitals,” including a strong pulse, Moore said. It’s not known how long the man had been under water.
August 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM
A boater who became stranded on a small island in the Snohomish River has been rescued, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said.
The man’s boat apparently hit a snag in the river and overturned this afternoon, tossing him in the water, the sheriff’s office says. The man, who was wearing a life jacket, made his way to a small island near the 13700 block of Short School Road.
Members of the sheriff’s dive team reached the man and took him off the island. He was not injured.
May 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM
Western Washington residents flooded parks and picnic areas Sunday to take advantage of the glorious May weather.
But the sunny skies also led to a string of rescues and two deaths as adventurers took to area lakes and streams.
Temperatures hit a high of 83 degrees around 4 p.m. at Seattle Tacoma International Airport, just a few degrees shy of the record of 86, set in 1953. And today’s warm temperatures are expected to continue through Monday, a date with a record high of only 79 degrees, set back in 1957.
“Today is much warmer than is typical, but we didn’t set any new records,” said meteorologist Josh Smith at the National Weather Service in Seattle. “But tomorrow, we almost certainly will.”
The blue-sky day brought kids to playgrounds and college students to area beaches and also led kayakers and rafters to hit nearby waterways.
On the Stillaguamish River along state route 530 in Snohomish County, authorities received calls from several people around 2:30 p.m. who said a raft had overturned dumping a man and a woman into the water. The county’s marine services unit sent out rescue divers who eventually found both victims. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital, according to Lt. Kathi Lang at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Their names were not released.
An hour and a half later, Pierce County authorities started receiving calls about an accident on Spanaway Lake, where a 55-year-old man disappeared under water after another rafting accident. He is presumed dead, said Randy Stephens, assistant chief with Central Pierce Fire and Rescue.
Details of the accident were still unclear, but Stephens said that incident started about 3:50 p.m. when the man and two women were on either a raft or an inner tube that was being pulled behind a boat. Somehow the man fell off and disappeared under the water.
Pierce County Sheriff’s office sent out its dive team, which used specialized equipment to sweep the bottom of the lake. But by 5:15 p.m. it seemed increasingly unlikely that they would find the man alive, Stephens said.
“We’re moving from a rescue operation to a body recovery,” he said.
Northwest residents are urged to use caution in coming days, as the warm weather continues. Smith, at the weather service, said temperatures will remain high on Monday, and begin dropping into the 70s through the middle of the week with occasional scattered clouds. Highs may drop to the 60s by late week with rain not expected until at least Sunday.
October 5, 2012 at 8:03 PM
A man in his 50s was rescued from waters near the Ballard Bridge Friday evening with life-threatening injuries, according the Seattle Fire Department.
A boat from the Seattle Police Department’s Harbor Patrol rescued the man and brought him to the shore near the bridge around 6:30 p.m., according to Seattle Fire. After medics treated the man on scene, he was transported to Harborview Medical Center.
The Seattle Police Department is investigating what caused the man’s injuries.
March 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM
Eight people on a crew boat were pulled from the frigid waters of Lake Union by Seattle police on Monday evening after a windstorm threw the rowing team out of its shell.
An additional four people in a second shell were also assisted by SPD Harbor Patrol Unit when they capsized right next to the Harbor Station on the north end of Lake Union.
Police were originally called around 6:30 p.m. Monday by a “frantic” coach from Lake Union Crew, according to the SPD blotter item written by spokesman Jeff Kappel.
“SPD Harbor Unit officers sprang into action immediately and launched two boats to speed to the scene,” Kappel wrote.
The rescue effort was difficult because it was dark, there was “significant wave action” and most of the people in the water were wearing dark clothing, Kappel wrote.
While officers were assisting those eight, another crew boat rowed into the “relatively calm waters in front of the Harbor Patrol Station” Kappel wrote. The four people in that boat were being “assisted by officers when they capsized the vessel.”
Ultimately, all 12 people were recovered from the water and brought into the Harbor Patrol Station to warm up.
February 28, 2012 at 3:02 PM
A man who jumped into Elliott Bay near Seattle’s cruise terminal pier this afternoon was rescued and apparently uninjured, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
At 1:10 p.m., Seattle firefighters and paramedics were sent to the Bell Harbor Marina after the man in his 30s jumped into the water, according to Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. A couple of workers, who were in a small boat, threw the man a life ring. The workers were able to pull him into the boat, Moore said.
Firefighters pulled the man from the boat and onto dry land. The man was wet and cold but showed no signs of injuries, Moore said.
Paramedics took the man to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition, he said.
February 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM
There is not points to locate on the map An experienced scuba diver in his 20s is missing and believed dead after taking a routine class Sunday morning off Seacrest Park in West Seattle.
The man, whose name was not released, was about 100 feet underwater with two other divers and an instructor when they became cold and decided to ascend, Seattle Fire officials say.
He shot up more quickly than the others, and when they arrived at the surface, they could not find him.
Rescue teams from the Seattle Police and Fire departments, as well as the Coast Guard, began searching just after 11 a.m., when the call came in.
Divers were still searching for him at 1 p.m., but have reclassified the search from a rescue to a recovery.
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November 30, 2011 at 11:38 AM
An abandoned sailboard spotted on a breakwater near Seattle’s Shilshole Bay Marina this morning prompted a water-rescue call for Seattle police and fire departments.
Fortunately, the windsurfer had made it to shore on his own by the time emergency crews arrived, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.
A caller had originally reported that a man on a sailboard appeared to be struggling about 200 yards offshore near the 7000 block of Seaview Avenue Northwest just before 11:30 a.m. The caller said that the board was visible but the man had disappeared.
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