UPDATE: 2 rescued after kayak mishap off Beach Drive

(Added 2:29 pm: Rescue boat after arrival at Seacrest)

1:42 PM: A big Seattle Fire response to the 4800 block of Beach Drive, south of Emma Schmitz Viewpoint, has just been scaled back, but several fire units are in the area and two SFD boats are still on the way. We’re en route to find out what happened.

1:48 PM: The call has just been described (as monitored via scanner) as “two people resting on an overturned kayak.”

1:53 PM: Both people are reported to be OK, “just cold.” A rescue boat will be taking them to Seacrest to catch up with medics on shore.

1:56 PM: Our crew just arrived at the Beach Drive scene and has been told that two men were rescued and are being checked out for possible hypothermia while being taken to Don Armeni/Seacrest vicinity. Meantime, from the scanner, it sounds like boats including one from the Coast Guard are still out at midchannel between Fauntleroy and Vashon, looking for the kayak that was involved.

2:04 PM: That kayak has now been recovered and also is being taken to Seacrest/Don Armeni.

6 Replies to "UPDATE: 2 rescued after kayak mishap off Beach Drive"

  • Mary S June 4, 2016 (2:05 pm)

    Water that cold can harm you quite fast, even on a hot day. Glad they’re okay.

  • JayDee June 4, 2016 (4:25 pm)

    I saw the heavy rescue and another fire truck unit drive though the Junction w/o lights and wondered what was up. And as Mary S says, even the air temp on the water is 62.

  • Jason June 4, 2016 (5:34 pm)

    We were on the ferry back from vashon and we started doing circles, I heard them mention something about a missing kayak over the loud speaker.  Glad the people are ok.

  • captainDave June 4, 2016 (9:47 pm)

    I can’t help but wonder if people would be so careless to venture out on the open sound in tiny plastic bubbles if they didn’t have the confidence that an army of rescue people would instantly be there.

    • WSB June 4, 2016 (9:50 pm)

      It’s far from instant. None of the SFD/SPD boats are based in WS, for example.

    • Qbert June 5, 2016 (4:37 pm)

      The waters around alki and beach drive can hardly be characterized as “open sound”. Even if there is such a thing. Elliott bay and water south is extremely protected.  

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