UPDATE: Seattle Fire lifts injured person off barge

1:10 PM: Big Seattle Fire response to the 3500 block of West Marginal Way [map], coded as a “confined-space rescue.” Firefighters have told dispatch that it’s an injured person in a 200-foot barge in a space that’s only accessible via a two-foot-wide opening. They say they’re “working on the water side of the barge.” The address cross-references to Island Tug and Barge, and the firefighters are using “Island” to describe the incident location in radio discussion.

(SFD photos)

1:49 PM: SFD reports firefighters have safely rescued the injured person, who will be taken to a hospital. They used an aerial ladder to lift the person out:

7 Replies to "UPDATE: Seattle Fire lifts injured person off barge"

  • West Seattle Mad Sci Guy March 27, 2023 (1:50 pm)

    Helicopters are in the air now too

    • WSB March 27, 2023 (3:31 pm)

      Just TV’s shared chopper. This is one of those incidents where you really had to go airborne to get a view – unless (as evidenced by the photos) you’re a member of the rescue crew.

  • sam-c March 27, 2023 (1:52 pm)

    Thank you for the update that they have been rescued and are headed to hospital.  Hopefully they recover and heal well. Thank you firefighters for all you do!

  • John March 27, 2023 (2:24 pm)

    Any word on HOW this happened?

    • WSB March 27, 2023 (2:52 pm)

      An initial tweet from SFD said the person fell. But the “how” investigation is up to L&I, not SFD – assuming it was a worker. I have not checked with them.

    • CarDriver March 27, 2023 (4:31 pm)

      John. News report said he slipped and injured his ankle. Don’t know where on the barge he was but it was an empty sand barge.

  • Alki resident March 27, 2023 (6:29 pm)

    I hope he’ll be ok. Thankful for SFD for such great training in rescues like this. 

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