January 6—the Seattle Fire Department’s Marine Emergency Response Team rescued a 27-year-old intoxicated male from the waters off the Seattle Aquarium.
At 11 p.m. a caller reported to dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center that a male had jumped 25 feet from the pier into the water near Pier 59. When firefighters arrived in the 1400 block of Alaskan Way they found a male who had jumped into the water and swam to a rock formation and pulled himself out of the water. The man was cold, wet and trapped. According to the NOAA website, the water temperature in Elliott Bay was 49.8 degrees.
Technical Rescue Team divers entered the water to make sure the man was safe. The Seattle Fire Boat used it’s skiff to navigate the pylons of the pier structure to rescue the man who was trapped. The rescue operation took about half-an hour.
The man was transported to waterfront Fire Station 5 where Paramedics evaluated him. Medics used a c-collar and backboard to stabilize the man after he complained of back pain. Also, the patient was experiencing symptoms of the cold water.
AMR transported the patient to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.