Following fatal injury on site, lighthouse is closed for investigations

The Point Robinson lighthouse is closed for insurance and Coast Guard investigations after a woman fell there during the Low Tide Celebration last month and later died from her injuries.

Vashon Park District Executive Director Elaine Ott-Rocheford said she was not able to discuss the incident because of the investigations; however, she said that park district staff were deeply saddened by what happened, calling it an “emotional and sad time.”

“Our hearts to go out to the family,” she said.

At Vashon Island Fire & Rescue, Assistant Chief Bob Larsen said that when they were called to Point Robinson to care for the woman, emergency medical technicians were already nearing the park, as they had been called a short time earlier for a suspected jellyfish sting. The woman, who neither park district nor fire district officials identified, was unconscious when the responders arrived and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, Larsen said.

It is not yet clear when the lighthouse will reopen for tours. Previously, from mid-May to mid-September, it was open for Sunday tours given by Captain Joe Wubbold. In the winter, tours were available by appointment.

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