UPDATE: Water Taxi crew rescues boaters off West Seattle

12:38 PM: Thanks to the texter who tipped us about what’s logged as a “marine service response” off Harbor/Alki Avenues. They report the West Seattle Water Taxi “rescued (a person) who had turtled his craft and couldn’t get it upright.” SFD sent fireboats. We’re following up.

12:42 PM: We’ve also heard from Karen, who was on the Water Taxi when this happened, and reports the rescue involved an “overturned sailboat off Duwamish Head,” adding, “We were on the water taxi when it diverted from the route to rescue them. Kudos to the crew!”

1:08 PM: Thanks to Rodney for the through-a-telescope photo. Meantime, we’re hoping to get more rescue details from Metro (which manages the Water Taxi).

2 PM: Our original texter, Roxanne, says the Coast Guard has brought the sailboat in. (added) Doug and Shari sent this photo:

3:18 PM: Here’s what we just received from Water Taxi/Metro spokesperson Al Sanders in response to our inquiry (photos included):

The crew of the West Seattle Water Taxi Doc Maynard rescued two boaters whose sailboat capsized off Duwamish Head shortly after 12:00 p.m.

The Doc Maynard had just left West Seattle’s Seacrest Dock on its 12:00 p.m. sailing to downtown Seattle when the crew spotted two people in the water next to a capsized sailboat.

The water taxi pulled next to the sailboat and deployed their rescue platform and life sling, but the two people were unable to use the sling.

One of the crew of the Doc Maynard then got into the boat’s rescue suit, went into the water, and assisted the people into the sling and onto the water taxi.

The Doc Maynard returned to Seacrest Dock with rescued passengers of the boat and were met by Coast Guard. The boaters worked with the Coast Guard to retrieve their capsized vessel.

After bringing the boaters to the dock, the Doc Maynard resumed its regular schedule.

15 Replies to "UPDATE: Water Taxi crew rescues boaters off West Seattle"

  • Sarah August 11, 2021 (1:11 pm)

    Way to go Water Taxi 👏 

  • Chris Iroz August 11, 2021 (3:10 pm)

    This happened to me many years ago. I was sailing an FJ (about the same size) and it turtled. it was the only boat in the fleet that didn’t have mast flotation and as a result, it turtled. i was only 120 pounds back then, no way I could’ve flipped it back. Luckily a rescue boat from the marina happened to see it

  • Graciano August 11, 2021 (3:19 pm)

    Not wise for everyone to stand and rubberneck on the same side of a boat either

  • JW August 11, 2021 (4:05 pm)

    That new era of Catalina 14.2 does come with minimal foam flotation in the mast to reduce ‘turtling.’  But many sailors add a floatation to the top of the mast to prevent turtling.  In the photo sequence it appears the sailors were attempting to right the boat at first and failed.   Having a small sailboat like this Catalina 14.2 get knocked down in a strong gust is not unusual and capsizing is a regular occurrence that should be practiced and mastered so as not to panic.

    • Tyr1001 August 12, 2021 (8:10 am)

      I lashed a life jacket to the masthead after my experience. 

  • Craig August 11, 2021 (4:18 pm)

    Woohoo! Nice job water taxi crew! They’re always top notch and professional, I have every confidence that something like this rescue was exactly like what they trained for. Nice to see some news like this and remind us all that good people are out there helping when accidents occur. 

  • AlkiBean August 11, 2021 (4:19 pm)

    Kudos to the KC Water Taxi crews!!  

  • Flivver August 11, 2021 (4:35 pm)

    Graciano. There was/is NO danger of the passenger ferry flipping over because everyone was on one side.  As far as watching that’s just human nature. People love to watch others in difficulty but sure don’t want to be the one being watched!

    • Graciano August 11, 2021 (6:34 pm)

      Chill out Flivver… I was just kidding, you know a joke

  • DRC August 11, 2021 (5:21 pm)

       Explain more about the recuse device. Maybe a drawing or something

  • Karen August 11, 2021 (7:11 pm)

    👏👏Bravo Water Taxi Crew

  • RockinAuntie August 11, 2021 (7:48 pm)

    Way to go KC Water Taxi crew!!!

  • waikikigirl August 11, 2021 (8:11 pm)

    I bet this was very exciting to watch and great job to the crew on the Doc Maynard!

  • Frog August 12, 2021 (6:36 am)

    As lawyer for the American Turtle Association, I would like to point out that turtles rarely “turtle” unless some nine-year-old boy is trying to ruin their day.  Using the term “turtled” to describe this sort of mishap is defamatory.  It might be more accurate to say these sailors “humaned” their boat.

  • Rick August 13, 2021 (9:05 am)

    On my commute from PO years ago we had a gray whale pull up alongside the Issaquah at the Vashon stop. After the captains’ announcement you could actually feel a tilt from the people shifting to one side to get a look. He was right outside my window and I swear he was looking right at me! I wasn’t too concerned. Really big boat and if it flips you’re most likely on your way to the bottom anyway. But it was way cool.

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