A pair of Seattle police Harbor Patrol officers rescued kayakers who ran into trouble Sunday on the wind-whipped water of Lake Union.
Seattle police Harbor Patrol officers helped a group of kayakers who ran into trouble Sunday on the wind-whipped water of Lake Union.
Officers Eric Salisbury and Thoms Monroe pulled a man out of the water after his kayak overturned around 10:30 a.m. in South Lake Union, police said. The officers then learned that a larger group of kayakers was having trouble navigating the waves whipped up by Sunday’s 40 mph winds.
The officers found the kayakers being thrown around by waves crashing against a retaining wall near Gas Works Park, according to police.
Several people on shore were trying to pull the 21 kayakers, including several young boys, from the water. Salisbury and Monroe rescued two kayakers from a tandem boat.
The remainder of the kayaking group made it to shore, police said. The officers beached their patrol boat to take the three rescued kayakers to shore, according to police.
Salisbury and Monroe called for a second Harbor Patrol boat to tow their beached boat back into deeper water, police said.