UPDATE: Water rescue call off Beach Drive = false alarm

2:13 PM: A capsized boat with 1 person in the water is reported about a mile off the 6000 block Beach Drive – SFD and the Coast Guard are responding – more to come.

(Fireboat Leschi responding – photo by Jim Borrow, substituted for previously posted WSB phone photo)

2:33 PM: Per scanner, what was reported might not have been an overturned boat after all.

2:40 PM: And SFD now confirms it was “floating debris.” Land and sea response ending.

4 Replies to "UPDATE: Water rescue call off Beach Drive = false alarm"

  • Guy Olson January 21, 2020 (4:11 pm)

    Good grief!!! How many times is this now? 18 units plus the Coast Guard rushing to the scene in this kind of weather! Get some binoculars already people!!

    • loady January 22, 2020 (9:53 am)

      We have binoculars at home and for the life of me I can’t even hone in on a bird in the tree what makes you think I could on someone in distress in the water? As Anne stated that is what we have the CC,SPD, and SFD for …GOOD JOB  

  • Drew January 21, 2020 (4:13 pm)

    I was at Alki Point when the fireboat turned the corner southbound into some rough weather, looking quite smart.  The Coasties following in their open rescue boat looked very cold and wet, however.

    • Anne January 22, 2020 (8:46 am)

       The chop yesterday was bad-lots of debris in water-so can understand that someone may have thought there was trouble-by the way-not everyone has binoculars handy. Fire & CG don’t have the luxury of sending someone to verify with binoculars before responding-if someone was indeed in the water they wouldn’t last long. Thanks to all responders-they were doing their jobs & I appreciate them. 

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