Woman’s body recovered after diving incident
Update 12:45pm Sunday
After Seattle Fire and Police ceased the search for a missing diver on Saturday night independent divers went searching this morning and found a woman’s body at a depth of 35 feet near Cove 2 in West Seattle. Seattle Fire Dept. divers responded and recovered the body. It is not confirmed as yet it is the same woman but the King county medical examiner is on the scene and will perform tests to arrive at the final identification.
Rescue Boat 5 has discontinued their search, The Water Taxi was allowed to dock. and passengers could disembark. it has now left the pier.
All units other than Rescue 1 and Rescue Boat 5 for the Seattle Fire Department have been pulled from the scene and put back in regular service as the operation transitions to recovery from rescue.
Seattle Fire Department divers made multiple passes using side scanning sonar in their attempt to locate the female diver that went missing but were unable to locate her.
Seattle Police divers are now in the water, Seattle fire medical units have been sent away.
The Seattle Police Dive team is going in the water but the search has slowed. A search around the Seacrest Pier yielded nothing and it's likely now becoming a recovery operation.Still, no sign of the diver. The Seattle Water Taxi is being held off shore and cannot dock while the search is underway. Seattle Fire Dept. divers are out of the water.
Update 10:59 pm
Seattle Fire says "Rescue swimmers and divers are on scene conducting a targeted search." A ladder truck on the scene has been deployed to shine light from above. The female diver has not yet been found.
According to Seattle Fire Department scanner traffic, they have confirmed with a Dive master that a woman, approximately 30 years of age, was last seen in Cove 2, at 1661 Harbor Ave SW near a wreck called the Honey Bear. That wreck is at a depth of 35 feet and is a popular dive location. The woman may have drowned.
Emergency crews, including rescue swimmers responded to the scene. They have not yet located her as of 10:44pm.