Update: Seattle Fire crew rescues woman off Beach Drive

(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.)

7 Replies to "Update: Seattle Fire crew rescues woman off Beach Drive"

  • jwws October 5, 2011 (10:42 am)

    Heard and saw the helicopter from Genesee Hill. Got on the Blog to see what it was about. Hope everyone is ok.

  • Alki Resident October 5, 2011 (11:19 am)

    Why was she in the water?

    • WSB October 5, 2011 (11:37 am)

      AR – SFD didn’t have that info in the system, still waiting to find out more from the first responders. But we didn’t see any kind of watercraft when we got there, albeit after the SFD/SPD vehicles had just finished clearing. – TR

  • Alki Resident October 5, 2011 (12:21 pm)

    Kingtv reports that she attempted suicide.Sad to hear,prayers for her to get help and recover.

  • Beth October 5, 2011 (12:36 pm)

    Hope all is ok. Nothing is so bad that your life isn’t worth living. Prayers for you.

  • DF October 5, 2011 (3:55 pm)

    My Grandfather’s house along Jacobson road in the 1980’s he had a goat to clear the hillside behind the house. Vivian was her name and there was reported by a pedestrian or jogger someone yelling for help when in fact it was his goat. I believe there was quite a search until finally it was discover where the supposed “help” was comming from. Vivian the goat.

  • marie October 6, 2011 (11:38 pm)

    I was jogging on Beach Drive at 10 30 when I saw 4 police cars, no fire truck for 5 minutes and a woman screaming from down on the beach,its a steep hillside so you could not see anything from the road, I tried to cross because was wanting to help, the police ushered me away. A older woman with a walker appeared to be the one who called 911. It was terrible to hear her continually scream and not be able to help her. It took place directly across from where the public rest room is (the port a potty) and there was a big white van parked there that looked really creepy. It took them a good 30 minutes before the fire truck left.

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