1 rescued after boat sinks off Shilshole

Updated: A Good Samaritan rescued a boater whose 35-foot fishing vessel sank off Shilshole this morning, Seattle Fire says.

The call came in at 8 a.m. for a sinking boat, and Seattle Fire dispatched its fireboat as well as a full response to the Shilshole Marina area on Seaview Ave. N. Harbor Patrol also responded.

Medics were evaluating the boater on the shore. No word on the person’s extent of injuries.

Seattle Fire says it appears the vessel has sunk. According to the scanner, one of the rescue vessels is going to use their sonar to attempt to locate the vessel underwater.

The WA Department of Ecology responded after a sheen was seen on the water. The fishing boat had 200 gallons of fuel on board.

(Thank you Silver for your help on the story.)

The Secret Life of Pets showing at Shilshole Marina

Shilshole Marina is once again running their free summer movie series, Movies at the Marina, with The Secret Life of Pets showing on Friday, August 11.

The Coney Island Avenue Woodfired Pizza truck will be there from 5 to 8:30 pm, and the Seattle Humane’s MaxMobile will be on site from 6 to 8:30 pm, offering people a chance to visit with adoptable pets prior to the movie. The movie will start at dusk, around 9:30 pm.

Sailboat fire quickly extinguished at Shilshole

A large response of firefighters rushed to a sailboat fire at Shilshole Marina just before noon. The fire was contained to a single sailboat — it started in the engine compartment — and firefighters were able to knock down the flames quickly.

My Ballard reader David sent us this photo of fire crews responding to the I dock. As is customary, dispatchers send a huge group of firefighters to boat fires in marinas, as flames can quickly spread to other boats. In this case, 6 engines were among the dispatch, as well as a fire boat and the Coast Guard. For more details on the dispatch, the My Ballard forum covered it here as it happened. (Thanks David and Silver!)

History-making sailboat returns to Shilshole

After 382 days away from home, the Ocean Watch made its way back to Shilshole Marina after accomplishing what no sailboat has ever done – circumnavigated the continents of North and South America.

Ocean Watch as it pulls into Shilshole Marina.

The nearly 28,000 nautical mile sailing expedition called Around the Americas launched last May to educate the public, in particular kids, about the threats to our oceans. “It’s good to be here,” Captain Mark Schrader told the crowd of about 50 who gathered. “It’s very emotional seeing all of you.” Along with the crowd at the dock, kids were lined up at Golden Gardens holding signs to welcome the adventurers home.

“We had the opportunity of a lifetime,” Schrader said, “It’s a magnificent highway out there and we took it.”

“An adventure it was. A test of skill and daring it was. A test of endurance and stamina it was. And certainly a test of friendship it was.” Pacific Science Center President and CEO Bryce Seidl told the crowd. The Around the Americas expedition was a joint effort between Sailors for the Sea and the Pacific Science Center.

State Representative Reuven Carlyle spoke with enthusiasm about the “Around the Americas” project. “it’s just an extraordinary journey!” Carlyle exclaimed. “As a father of four kids you see how kids come alive when science becomes real for them and that’s the essence of what a project like this is really about.”

Onlookers clap and cheer as the crew docks.

The Ocean Watch will move to the guest dock at Fisherman’s Terminal to host an open house this Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Meet the crew, tour the boat, learn about onboard research and participate in hands-on marine science activities led by the Around the Americas Education Team from Pacific Science Center. The event is free and open to people of all ages.