UPDATE: Emergency response for people in trouble in the water off West Seattle

5:35 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a water-rescue response toward Seacrest by land and sea after a report of a possible overturned kayak with two people aboard. Updates to come.

5:38 PM: Firefighters arriving at the scene say two people have been rescued by other kayakers, one already towed in and one more on the way. The big response is affecting street traffic, so avoid the area for a while.

5:41 PM: Both rescued kayakers are reported safely ashore and SFD is canceling all but two of its responding units.

ADDED: Jen from Alki Kayak Tours says in a comment below that the people in trouble were in a skiff, not a kayak, and that AKT employees rescued them.

5 Replies to "UPDATE: Emergency response for people in trouble in the water off West Seattle"

  • Jen July 2, 2022 (6:55 pm)

    2 staff from Alki Kayak Tours rescued 2 individuals from an overturned skiff (not kayaks) and also brought in a  bystander who swam out to help from shore. 

  • Wendell July 2, 2022 (7:49 pm)

    Nice job AKT… and the bystander that didn’t just stand by.

  • Chan July 2, 2022 (11:25 pm)

    Just curious, did the two kayakers know how to swim…? I mean just trying to understand if this is normal 

    • Alki-Holic July 3, 2022 (8:53 am)

      The boat that was in trouble was a skiff (small inflatable boat w/ a motor) a bystander from shore swam out to assist ( almost became a victim himself) the kayaker managed to get all 3 safely back to shore where medics were able to provide aid.

  • Eddie July 3, 2022 (7:30 am)

    Better question (than ” can they swim”) would be were they wearing PFDs?And if the skiff was powered by a motor greater than 15hp, did they have the required Washington Boaters Education card?  Glad everyone was OK.

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