Man dies after boat capsizes in Elliott Bay

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SEATTLE - One man is dead after a boat with four people aboard capsized in Elliott Bay off Alki Point on Friday.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Akiyama said the vessel was out Friday doing an underwater survey for Ballard Marine Construction and was in transit northbound when it capsized.

At 1:55 p.m., the Coast Guard received reports of an overturned vessel and launched two rescue boats and a helicopter. Seattle fire and Seattle police also responded.

The Coast Guard initially rescued three people from the water near Alki and Beach Drive, but a fourth person was still missing. The three victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center to be evaluated for hypothermia.

They had no visible injuries and are listed in satisfactory condition.

About 30 minutes later, Seattle fire said divers rescued the fourth victim person from the capsized boat.

Neighbor Steve Phinney saw the divers go in, “Two of them dropped out of the back and they went und the boat and there was another head with them when they popped out.”

Coast Guard swimmers attached the man to a harness. He was hoisted into the Coast Guard chopper and flown to Harborview Medical Center. He was unresponsive.

He later died at the hospital.

The water temperature is 52 degrees near Seattle and the wind  was at 18 mph with gusts of 30-35 mph.

We contacted Ballard Marine Construction formerly Ballard Diving and Salvage.  Eric Muller told us,  “At this time, Ballard Marine Construction does not have all the information relating to the incident that occurred on 11-15-2013. Out of respect to the family of our team member that lost his life, we will not be commenting at this time.”