HELICOPTER ALERT: Emergency drill in the air and on the water off West Seattle tomorrow

(WSB photo from November 2015, helicopters at Terminal 5 during drill)

If you see unusual helicopter and vessel activity off northeast West Seattle, and further into the bay, tomorrow afternoon/evening (Wednesday, May 25th) – it’s likely to be related to a drill. Here’s the King County Sheriff’s Office announcement:

The King County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Section is hosting a multi-agency training drill Wednesday afternoon in Puget Sound between Harbor Island and Discovery Park. Drill participants will include the Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, F.B.I., U.S. Customs and Border Protections and King County Medic One.

This drill will test and solidify the capabilities of the Regional Maritime Tactical Action Group in response to an active shooter or hostage type event aboard a vessel in the Puget Sound. As the only agency in the Puget Sound with both air and water assets capable of delivering law enforcement to an underway ferry, cruise ship or pleasure craft, this training is critical for the King County Sheriffs Office to be prepared to protect our citizens.

Numerous law enforcement boats will be involved in the exercise, along with a King County Water Taxi boat. The main landing zone for the King County Sheriff’s helicopter will be Terminal 5. During the exercise there will be NO public access to the pier.

Terminal 5 itself isn’t a public-access area anyway so we’re checking to see if neighboring Jack Block Park will be affected.

2 Replies to "HELICOPTER ALERT: Emergency drill in the air and on the water off West Seattle tomorrow"

  • Tony S May 25, 2016 (9:52 pm)

    Have they continued into the evening? We just got a what appeared to be a Blackhawk lifting off from T5 a bit ago, followed by a Jet Ranger (I’m guessing it’s the KC helo…)

    • WSB May 25, 2016 (10:39 pm)

      4-11 pm was the time frame given for potential media observation. Our photographer went out for the first two hours (I am just now getting a chance to add his photos, after a very busy night). – TR

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