No one was seriously injured when a power boat sank after a crash with a 22-foot fishing boat on Lake Washington early Friday.
No one was seriously injured, but a 26-foot power boat sank after a crash with a 22-foot fishing boat early Friday on Lake Washington.
A passenger on the power boat called 911 about 12:30 a.m. and said that all five people on the boat were in the water, one was struggling and the boat was sinking, according to a news release from Mercer Island police.
Officers aboard police boat Patrol 11 were able to rescue the five people, all in their 20s, with help from a King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter. An unidentified boater also helped rescue passengers and handed them off to officers.
The power boat sank, Mercer Island police said.
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The fishing boat and crew made it safely to Bellevue and were contacted by Bellevue police, according to the release.
The rescued boaters were taken to the Mercer Island boat launch and treated for minor injuries and hypothermia, police said.
Mercer Island police will investigate the crash; it is unknown yet if alcohol or drugs played a factor in the collision, police said.
Mercer Island police Cmdr. Leslie Burns said officers will use radar to search the area between Newcastle Beach and Mercer Island to find the power boat. She said they will not send out a dive team until they pinpoint a location.