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Tag: McNeil Island


UPDATE: Crews performing CPR on kayaker pulled from water off McNeil Island

UPDATE: The kayaker has died. He is a 29-year-old from Lakebay.

Monday night post: A kayaker is in grave condition tonight after his boat overturned and crews pulled him from the water between the Key Peninsula and McNeil Island, according to Key Peninsula Fire.

Two men in their late 20s were kayaking in the area known as Pitt Passage when their boat overturned, fire chief Tom Lique said.

One man made it to shore and was able to call 911 about 7:30 p.m. from a home in the 3700 block of 140th Avenue KP South, when residents there let

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Tacoma Fire rescues boater off McNeil Island

Tacoma Fire crews rescued a boater in the waters off the northwest tip of McNeil Island Saturday night.

Officials responded at 6:42 p.m. to a report that two people were aboard a 14-foot skiff that capsized.

Tacoma’s fireboat searched for about 10 minutes and found an adult clinging to the skiff and transported the patient to safety.

A second adult had been able to swim to shore and was found safe on the beach.


UPDATED: Budget cuts to shutter McNeil Island prison next year, DOC announces

The state Department of Corrections will be closing McNeil Island Corrections Center in Pierce County next year as a result of budget cuts, the agency announced this morning.

The historic island prison will close for good April 1 and its 515 offenders shipped to other prisons in the state, according to a press release issued this morning.

The prison employs 245 staff members and the corrections department will work to find them jobs elsewhere in the prison system, the agency said.

The McNeil Island prison had been the focus of closure talks earlier this year. But instead of shuttering

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Feds make arrests at SCC, more details to come

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the superintendent of the Special Commitment Center will be holding a press conference in a little more than an hour to discuss police activity this morning at the SCC on McNeil Island.

The press advisory states arrests were made at the Special Commitment Center, which houses sexually violent offenders. No other information was released.

The press conference begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Steilacoom ferry deck. I’ll report back when I know more.