Emergency personnel, Kenmore Air employees help to save man in Lake Washington

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Northshore Fire Department
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The Northshore Fire Department, along with the King County Marine Patrol and employees at Kenmore Air, helped to rescue a man from the waters of Lake Washington Monday night.

The fire department received a call at approximately 8:40 p.m. that the 30-year-old man struck his head diving from his boat into shallow water.

Emergency personnel were met on the waterfront at the Kenmore Air Harbor by one of the involved parties and several firefighters were immediately taken by boat to the patient, who was still in the water about 1,000 feet from shore.

"The firefighters, who have trained for this type of accident on the water, used a backboard to stabilize the patient and then loaded him onto a boat and brought him back to shore," Northshore Fire spokesperson Wendy Booth said.

Once on shore, paramedics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center.

"This rescue’s swift execution was the result of the collaborative efforts of the firefighters, members of the patient’s party, employees of Kenmore Air and the King County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol unit," Booth said.

There has been no update on the man's condition or identity.

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