UPDATE: Diver missing off Seacrest

(Photo sent by Carolyn Newman)

10:05 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a water-rescue response by land and sea to the Seacrest vicinity. The dispatcher has told responders it’s a report of two diving students missing, reported by their instructor. Updates to come.

10:09 PM: This has been updated to one diver missing, in the Honey Bear (Cove 2) vicinity.

10:19 PM: Search continues. As shown in the photo above, crews on land are using a fire-truck ladder to help search.

10:29 PM: Rescue divers are searching, as well as crews in boats and on land; SPD is part of the response as well as SFD. The missing diver was described in an early dispatch as a woman in her 30s.

10:55 PM: The search continues.

11:04 PM: The medic units have been dismissed from the response (thanks to Aaron for that tip from the scene), which indicates this has switched into more of a recovery mode.

11:18 PM: SFD says this is now an SPD-led search.

1:30 AM: No further updates. We’ll check with SPD later this morning.

15 Replies to "UPDATE: Diver missing off Seacrest"

  • Mj July 31, 2021 (10:11 pm)

    Damn you are fast at reporting, I just heard the sirens and you have already identified the reason.

  • Alki resident July 31, 2021 (10:26 pm)

    Lord please please find them fast. 

  • Silver in Ballard July 31, 2021 (10:28 pm)

    From the scanner: it is a 30 year old female diver who is missing. 

    If you are listening on OpenMhz I have marked some of the pertinent transmissions.

  • Fern July 31, 2021 (10:30 pm)

    Third boat is arriving.

  • Tears July 31, 2021 (11:58 pm)

    Really tragic. I only hope by some miracle she’s alive and elsewhere. 

  • Scubafrog August 1, 2021 (5:36 am)

    That’s absolutely tragic.  I love night dives.  My empathy and deepest compassion are with the woman’s family and friends.  May a swift recovery be made.

  • Flivver August 1, 2021 (6:55 am)

    Is night diving common??

    • JGM August 1, 2021 (12:40 pm)

      Sure is, and it’s safe if done right and with the right equipment. Perhaps not something for fresh newbies to try out until they’re much more comfortable in water. Sad for the family and the diving community here. 

  • Alaska junction August 1, 2021 (8:03 am)

    Any further updates? 

  • HS August 1, 2021 (9:16 am)

    Oh no. So awful.

  • Lamont August 1, 2021 (9:39 am)

    Any update this morning?

    • WSB August 1, 2021 (11:36 am)

      SPD did not update whether or not the victim was found. I was about to page and now they’ve dispatched another rescue response for what might be the victim’s body. See separate story.

    • James August 1, 2021 (12:04 pm)

      It looks like they just recovered a body.

      • WSB August 1, 2021 (12:07 pm)

        Yes, they did. SFD’s public-information officer has been dispatched so we’re hoping to get official word before too long if this is believed to be the person who went missing last night (there were no other reports of anyone missing).

  • AC August 1, 2021 (1:28 pm)

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