Diving student rescued near Seacrest Park dies

SEATTLE — A diving student pulled from the water near Seattle’s Seacrest Park after a search Sunday afternoon later died.

The search occurred in the area off the 1600 block of Harbor Avenue SW, Seattle fire officials said.

Seattle police assisted in the search.

The diver, a woman in her 20s, was located by another diver and pulled from the water at about 1 p.m.




Seattle fire officials said she was transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.  She was later pronounced dead.

The diving instructor said three students were in the water when he made the decision to bring all three back up because of poor visibility in the water.

The instructor said he signaled for everyone to come up and all three signaled back that they understood, but only two divers came up and the third was not visible.

The instructor called 911 and as Seattle fire personnel were on their way, other divers searched for the students.

As Seattle firefighters searched for the student, a civilian driver spotted her about 69 feet underwater. She was pulled onto the Seattle Fire Department fire boat where she was given chest compressions before being transported to Harborview, where she later died.