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Seaplane crashes into Lake Washington

SEATTLE – On July 1 just after 9 p.m., crews responded to the 300 Blk. of Lakeside Ave. for a seaplane that had crashed into Lake Washington. When firefighters arrived and saw the flipped seaplane approximately 200-300 yards from shore, they saw one person standing on top of the plane. Responding crews quickly received reports that there were two total occupants who were uninjured. Both of the adults were able to self-extricate from the plane prior to SFD arrival and were quickly brought to safety by bystanders on private boats in the area. They did not require any medical assistance.

Seattle’s Fireboat responded to the scene to place a containment boom around a fuel leak which occurred as a result of the crash. The owner of the boat will hire a private salvage company to remove the plane.

Seattle Police Harbor Patrol also responded to the scene, and will have information on the extent of any investigation that may be conducted. The United States Coast Guard, Department of Ecology, Environmental Protection Agency and National Transportation Safety Board were all notified of the incident.