SEATTLE – On Friday, July 13, 2018, at 3:16 p.m. the Fire Alarm Center received reports of several swimmers in distress in the water near Discovery Park. Seattle Fire dispatchers sent a water rescue response to the location, to include Rescue Swimmers, the Fire Boat, paramedics and additional firefighters.
Prior to Seattle Fire’s arrival, a private boat traveling in the area saw two swimmers in the water who needed immediate help. Two of the bystanders on the boat jumped in and pulled two young males aboard and began life-saving efforts. The private boat brought one of the patients to shore and transferred patient care to a Seattle fire crew who had just arrived on scene. The second patient was brought from the private boat to shore by Seattle Fire Rescue Boat 5. The two males were transported to Harborview by medics, one in critical condition and one in serious condition.
Three additional patients were transported to Seattle Children’s Hospital in stable condition, two males and one female. All of the five patients were estimated to be approximately 10-11 years-old.
Firefighters gathered witness statements on scene to ensure all other children were accounted for. Over 100 children were attending a day camp and were playing in and near the water.
Fire Chief Harold Scoggins plans to recognize those on the private boat and anyone else involved in today’s rescue at next year’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Their heroic actions played a key role in lives being saved.
- The safest decision may be to not enter the water. Think about the risks when swimming due to dangers from currents and cold temperatures.
- Wear a life jacket. Infants and children should always wear lifejackets when in or near open water.
- Do not go past your comfort zone when swimming.
- Supervise children in or near water. Always stay within touching distance of young children.
- Learn first aid and CPR.