UPDATE: Rescue call off Alki for what turned out to be ‘inanimate object’

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(WSB photos by Christopher Boffoli)

6:33 PM: Seattle Fire is responding to a “saltwater rescue” call off the 2400 block of Alki Avenue SW [map]. Scanner traffic indicates a paddleboarder might be in trouble.

6:39 PM: According to radio discussion between responders, someone called 911 to say they thought they saw a paddleboarder “disappear” offshore. First units on shore are still looking, but also checking out an object offshore that might be driftwood.


6:47 PM: And it’s just been confirmed, according to the scanner – “inanimate object.” All units are being canceled.

10 Replies to "UPDATE: Rescue call off Alki for what turned out to be 'inanimate object'"

  • Ruka July 19, 2016 (6:37 pm)

    The trucks just went through admiral. Hoping everything turns out okay. 

    • WSB July 19, 2016 (6:48 pm)

      And in fact, SFD just confirmed it was an “inanimate object.” Canceling all units. We too are going back to our original plan, headed for the Big Band Concert in the Park …

  • Guy Olson July 19, 2016 (7:00 pm)

    Charred log in the water.

  • Overthere July 19, 2016 (7:48 pm)

    Wouldn’t a paddle board be considered an inanimate object. Yes, stupid I know.

  • Atomicoven July 19, 2016 (8:27 pm)

    I’m sorry to seem crass bit that object has been out there since the tide came in. Two heavy rescue units and a SPD boat. 

  • Atomicoven July 19, 2016 (8:28 pm)

    and by the way, you could have walked out there and got it I get the response and I’m thankful but people need to use common sense

  • Captain Dave July 19, 2016 (9:25 pm)

    West Seattle needs a marina so that people are not so unfamiliar with the water.  Or if people were at least able to keep boats on the beach, then someone could have rowed out there.   It is too bad our shoreline rules are so restrictive.  But I guess it makes good job security for City rescue workers who have to check out floating objects people see from shore.

  • Salal July 19, 2016 (9:35 pm)

     I saw that log floating there in the slack tide 30 ft from sand in front of the bathrooms

  • Kayak Greg July 20, 2016 (6:32 am)

    We are out there daily and often offer assistance to distressed paddlers.   In this case we checked in with the driftwood and it seemed to be doing fine.  

  • unknown July 20, 2016 (9:49 am)

    Better to be safe than sorry. I know if it would had really been a person I’d be thankful that some one called the SFD.

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