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Man dies after falling into the Sound near ferry terminal

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on March 27, 2012 at 7:00 am with No Comments
March 27, 2012 7:18 am

A 25-year-old man has died at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center this morning despite efforts to revive him after he fell into Puget Sound from a raft last night off West Seattle.

The man and several companions were ferrying supplies from the beach near Lincoln Park in three rafts when the man fell overboard. His friends called 911 and began searching for him about 9:30 p.m. Divers found his body about 25 feet offshore.

They pulled his body aboard their boat and began CPR. An ambulance transported him to Harborview. Apparent drowning victims can sometimes be revived when they drown in cold water such as Puget Sound because the cold water slows their body processes and keeps just enough oxygen available to their brains to preserve life.

The rescue efforts halted traffic at the nearby Fauntleroy ferry terminal for more than 30 minutes when the Seattle Fire Department staged its rescue efforts from the ferry pier.