08/10/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/10/2020 12:52
Sunday, August 9: Sadly, we had two water responses that evening that did not have a good outcome. Just after 5:30 p.m., we received reports of an adult male who was swimming and went under near the 5000 block of Lake Washington Blvd. S. Divers, rescue swimmers and response boats conducted a search about 400 feet from shore. Unfortunately the person was not found by our crews and the scene was turned over to the Seattle Police Department.
The second incident happened at 8:40 p.m. when we received reports of an adult female in her 20's that went missing in the water near Seward Park. Our crews coordinated with Seattle Police to deploy divers, rescue swimmers and response boats to search the water. Crews searched for over an hour, but we were unable to locate her. Both incidents were turned over to the Seattle Police Department and their latest update was posted here.
Yesterday was an unfortunate reminder that drownings can happen when you least expect it. We encourage you to practice boating safety and to be aware whenever you are near or in water.
Here are a few boating safety tips:
It is important for boaters to be familiar with the Regulations of Recreational Vessel operation. More information is available online at www.parks.wa.gov/boating. Boater education can increase safety on the waterways.