Updated: Seattle Fire responded to two different emergency calls in the waters off Ballard this evening, just 15 minutes apart.
At 5:01 p.m., Seattle Fire received a call for three swimmers in trouble at Golden Gardens. When firefighters arrived — both by land and water — the swimmers had been assisted by beachgoers to the shore, Seattle Fire said. Medics took a look at them, but there were no injuries.
Then at 5:16 p.m. — just 15 minutes after the first call — Seattle Fire received a call for a vessel in distress near Shilshole Bay Marina, right next door to Golden Gardens. The call came in as a fire on board. The same fire boat responded along with Seattle PD’s harbor patrol.
This was the view from Ray’s, courtesy of Andrew who sent us the photo:
“There was no fire on the boat, however the boat was reportedly having engine problems and needed assistance,” Seattle Fire’s Kristin Tinsley told My Ballard.
So a good outcome for a very busy 30 minutes along the Ballard waterfront — always a good reminder to play it safe out on the water this time of year.