SEATTLE -- Four people were rescued from frigid waters after a commercial vessel capsized in Elliott Bay off Alki Beach in West Seattle Friday afternoon.
Coast Guard Petty Officer George Degener says the 30-foot aluminum boat capsized around 2 p.m. Friday while the commercial vessel was conducting a dive survey.
While the conditions of the first three victims were unknown, the fourth victim suffered life threatening injuries and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.
The Seattle Fire Boat and Dive Team and a USCG Pacific NW rescue team both responded to the call of a capsized ship near Alki/ Beach Drive. The USCG Pacific NW rescue team pulled three people from the water and were searching for a missing fourth person.
Seattle Fire Department divers later recovered the fourth person from the water. Seattle Fire said the person had been under water for about 30 minutes and was unconscious and unresponsive. His injuries were considered life threatening "due to extensive time spent in the water," tweeted Seattle Fire.