Man, dog die after falling in water near Ballard Locks

A man and his dog were pronounced dead after being pulled out of the waters of Salmon Bay, across from the Ballard Locks at Lockhaven Marina, Sunday evening by rescuers.

The marina is located in the 3000 block of West Commodore Way.

The man, approximately 55, had taken his two dogs out for exercise down by the marina, where he had a boat, according to the Seattle Fire Department. He was reported missing after not being seen for about an hour and a half.

"According to her, he had come down, as she put it, to ‘swim the dogs,’” said neighbor Mike Wolf, who described helping the man’s wife at the marina.

"Before anybody was worried, I helped her search along the shoreline,” said Wolf. "She wasn't really worried at that point, figured he'd gone for a walk or something.”

One dog was seen swimming in the water and pulled out, but the man and the other dog were not found.

"It was struggling to get out and another neighbor helped her get that dog out of the water and then she was looking for her husband and the other dog,” said Wolf.

Firefighters and the Seattle Police Harbor Patrol responded to the possible missing person report around 4:35 p.m.

Divers found the dog and the man’s body at the bottom of the marina near his boat in about 17-feet of water, according to firefighters, who said it wasn’t immediately clear how the man ended up in the water.

Seattle police, who are now investigating, did not immediately return our request for additional information.

Firefighters said they attempted life saving measures on the man for about 30 minutes but he and one of the dogs were pronounced dead at the marina.

"This is a tragic incident tonight for everyone that responded and especially the family as well,” said Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Kristin Tinsley.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released the identity of the man who died.

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