Five people rescued after 17-foot boat sinks near Edmonds

It was the second time Monday that Washington state ferry crews responded to an emergency.

EDMONDS — Five people and two small dogs were rescued Monday afternoon after a 17-foot aluminum boat sank near Edmonds.

Responders from South County Fire pulled two people from the water, a private boat rescued another, and state ferry workers retrieved the others and brought them to medical crews on the shore. No injuries were sustained, but all five people were taken to Swedish Edmonds hospital to be checked for exposure to the cold water, South County Fire spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said.

“All of the people were wearing life jackets, which was huge,” she said. “They were holding onto the dogs while they were being rescued.”

It was the second time ferry workers assisted a boat off Edmonds Monday, state Department of Transportation spokesperson Ian Sterling said.

Earlier in the morning, a crew was called to help when someone on a boat had a medical emergency. Workers arrived, did chest compressions and brought the person to shore for additional aid, he said.

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