Island woman, in critical condition, rescued by Coast Guard early Sunday morning

A Vashon Island woman was admitted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition early Sunday morning following a Coast Guard rescue near Burien’s Seahurst Park. Her male companion, reported to be from Burien, did not survive.

A press release from the Coast Guard states that they were notified by King County dispatch at close to 3 a.m. regarding two people in a paddleboat who were struggling because of bad weather. Coast Guard personnel were able to establish cell phone contact with the couple before hearing sounds of distress and losing the connection.

A helicopter crew from Port Angeles and a rescue boat crew from Seattle responded. At nearly 5 a.m., they located the 15-foot capsized paddleboat and the female, who was not responsive. They rescued her and transported her to the Fauntleroy ferry dock, where emergency medical crews were waiting; she was then taken to Harborview.

A short time later, a helicopter crew recovered the male from the water and transported him to Boeing Field, where he was pronounced dead.

The woman was still in critical condition on Monday, according to Sgt. Cindi West, a spokesperson for The King County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the incident; no other information is available at this time.