3 teens rescued from waters off Mercer Island after boats overturn


MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — Three teens were rescued after their boats overturned in choppy waters off Mercer Island Sunday afternoon.

The 18-year-old man and 2 17-year-old boys were in a kayak and canoe together about 1/3 of a mile off shore when their boats were overcome by wind and waves, according to Mercer Island police.

Officers from the city’s marine patrol along with officers from King County and Seattle Police made it out to the trio in about 15 minutes, plucking them from the 50 degree water and getting them back to shore. All three were wet and cold but otherwise uninjured and were sent home with their parents, police said.

They officers noted that the three only had one life jacket and one other flotation device between the three of them and they were lucky they didn’t succumb to hypothermia.

This article first appeared on KOMO News.

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