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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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Man rescued after climbing Point Defiance bluff to escape incoming tide

Tacoma Fire crews rescued a 30-year-old man from a bluff in Point Defiance park tonight that he climbed to escape the incoming tide, Battalion Chief Gary Steinhoff said.

The man had been walking along the beach below the Gig Harbor Viewpoint along 5 Mile Drive.

When the tide started coming in, he hiked up the steep bank, but could not make the last 8 feet, which Steinhoff said are verticle.

The beach-goer was able to contact a friend, who called for help.

Crews were dispatched at 7:23 p.m., and performed a high-angle rope rescue when they arrived to pull the man to safety without

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Woman rescued after falling off bluff at Point Defiance Park

UPDATE, 4:52 PM: The injured woman has been lifted to safety. Patient stable, alert, communicative, according to Tacoma Fire. Woman appears to be in her 30s or 40s. She is being evaluated by paramedics.

UPDATE, 4 P.M.: Tacoma Fire says crews are securing the ropes system to bring the injured woman up. She is about 75 feet down a steep incline. A tweet from the fire department says the patient is stable.

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Man recognized today for saving 78-year-old fishing in Steel Lake

South King fire will recognize a man for saving the life of a 78-year-old fisherman earlier this month.

The fisherman lost his balance in a small boat while on Steel Lake on June 19, falling into the water.

Jeffrey Ballard, the man being recognized, helped get the fisherman to shore and 911 was called. The fisherman was later released from a local hospital in good condition.

Ballard will receive a plaque at a fire commissioners meeting this afternoon.