1 Critical After Workboat Capsizes Near Seattle

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November 15, 2013

The overturned survey boat near Alki Point.

Coast Guard and fire and police crews in Seattle rescued three people from an overturned survey vessel Friday afternoon, but a fourth person who was recovered is believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it was notified at 1:55 p.m. Friday of a capsized 30-foot vessel off Alki Point near downdowt Seattle and dispatched two boatcrews, in addition to personnel from Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Police Department who also responded.

The boatcrews rescued three people and transported them to Station Seattle where emergency medical crews were waiting.

A fourth person was later pulled from the water by Seattle Police Department Dive Team personnel and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center by a Coast Guard aircrew. An update from the Seattle Fire Department said that the fourth individual was in critical condition with life threatening injuries due to the extensive time spent in the water. Reports in the media have indicated that it took approximately 30 minutes to locate the fourth person.

The Seattle Fired Department has tweeted that the vessel had a total of five people onboard and that the fifth person was picked up by another vessel shortly after capsizing.

The vessel is believed to be owned and operated Ballard Marine Construction, which provides a range of industrial diving, pressurized tunnel support and salvage response services in the Seattle area.

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