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One person missing on Lake Washington after falling off boat

Rescue crews turned recovery operations over to the Seattle Police Department after an hour of searching, according to Seattle Fire.

SEATTLE — One person was missing on Lake Washington after they fell off a boat and did not resurface, according to the Seattle Fire Department (SFD). 

SFD first responded to reports of a distressed person in the water in Andrews Bay around 5:10 p.m. Saturday. 

Seattle Fire had six personnel out searching for the missing person, including four divers and two swimmers. After an hour of looking, SFD turned operations over to the Seattle Police Department for a recovery mission. 

King County officials are urging swimmers to keep water safety top of mind as temperatures skyrocket in western Washington. 

Thirty-three people died in King County waters last year, and of those, the majority could have been prevented if the individual was wearing a life jacket. 

Here's how to protect yourself on the water:

  • Wear a life vest, or have a floatation device on hand.
  • Swim along the shoreline instead of out in open water.
  • Let people know where you are.


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