(Photo courtesy Beach Drive Blog, used with permission)
10:37 AM: Seattle Fire Department is responding to a “water rescue” call off the 4400 block of Beach Drive, and that’s what the choppers are about. We’re en route.
10:51 AM: Most of the big response you might have seen on the 911 log was canceled before they even arrived, according to SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore, because the rescue happened fast. He says Seattle Police reported a woman in her 30s in the water, “maybe hypothermic,” and SFD first responders used a ladder to get her out of the water and safely to shore. She’s been taken to Harborview Medical Center.
1:41 PM: SFD confirms that, as a commenter had noted reading elsewhere, the rescued woman was believed to be suicidal. Moore says, “We transported her to Harborview with a possible overdose and psych evaluation. She was about 15 feet in the water and we lowered a firefighter on a ladder to rescue her.”
(As we always note in stories mentioning suicide, which takes more lives than homicide but is not nearly as reported/discussed, there is help available 24/7 for those who need it – the Crisis Clinic hotline is 206.461.3222.)