UPDATE: Water-rescue callout in 1700 block of Alki Avenue

1:37 PM: A possible kite-surfer in distress is the reason for the big response by land an sea in the 1700 block of Alki SW.

1:40 PM: Most of the callout has been canceled. A fireboat reached the surfer, who, according to the dispatcher, “was just having an issue with his sail.”

9 Replies to "UPDATE: Water-rescue callout in 1700 block of Alki Avenue"

  • Mike July 1, 2020 (1:41 pm)

    One kite surfer possibly in distress.  18 Fire units dispatched.  

  • Mike July 1, 2020 (2:25 pm)

    But they all get credited with a dispatch.  And why does a single surfer in possible distress require a turnout of 18 units?  If it was a multi-passenger boat that might make sense.  

    • waikikigirl July 1, 2020 (3:43 pm)

      Well Mike if this kite surfer was a family member or close friend of yours and drowned would you still be asking this question?

      • Mike July 1, 2020 (8:20 pm)

        Yes I would.

  • alki_2008 July 1, 2020 (3:18 pm)

    Saw the kite surfer out in the water. Did the surfer ask someone to call for help, or did someone on shore make their own decision that the surfer needed assistance?

  • john July 1, 2020 (7:06 pm)

    Great question ALKI_2008.

  • NoplacelikehomePNW July 1, 2020 (11:38 pm)

    I messaged WSB on insta earlier in the day but never heard back, I took video of the rescue. No idea who called but a rescue boat did go to them and they got onboard, kite pulled up and they were delivered safely back to the beach. 4 fire trucks did drive by but dispersed about the same time as the kite boarder made it safely onto the rescue/response boat. 

    • WSB July 2, 2020 (12:35 am)

      Sorry, I don’t see notifications of Instagram messages – we promote our hotline as that’s the fastest way to reach us. But thanks.

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