Five Children Rescued From Water Off Seattle’s Discovery Park
One in critical condition
July 14, 2018
(SEATTLE, WA.) – A Seattle Fire Department spokesperson said that five kids, aged 10 to 11 - four boys and one girl - who got into trouble in the water off Seattle’s Discovery Park were rescued Friday afternoon.
But by the time they were out and taken to Seattle Children’s Hospital one child was in critical condition, one was in serious condition and the other three were described as in stable condition.
The children were reportedly among more than 100 kids at a day camp at the park and that many were swimming out in the water during the hot afternoon. The first call came in to the fire dept. about 2:30 pm.
A Seattle TV station, KOMO-TV talked with one of the two people who brought three of the kids safely onto shore. A passing boater took two of the children out of the water.
Hamish Rea, 22, and from London told the station he and a friend had just come to the beach and they saw the kids in distress about 150 yards off shore. He and the friend swam out and struggled to get the kids back to shore safely.
Rea told the station there was a strong current and by the time they got to the where the kids were, one was face down in the water and they were all screaming and throwing up.
The two managed to get three of the children safely to shore. He told the station two of the boys they brought in were unconscious.
It was not clear if a combination of water temperature, current and/or exhaustion from swimming out that far, were factors in the life or death situation the kids found themselves in.
In a broadcast report, KOMO TV said it was unclear if the camp staff was “properly supervising the outing,” and that witnesses told the station dozens of kids were in the water but all the adults “seemed to be on shore.”