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Harbor Patrol Rescues Two Kayakers on Lake Washington During Windstorm

A man and a woman are recovering after being rescued by the Harbor Patrol after they were observed in distress yesterday afternoon while boating on Lake Washington.

Shortly after 4:00 pm, during a windstorm, officers aboard a Harbor Patrol boat saw the two kayakers off Magnuson Park.  The winds at the time were gusting near 50 mph and the waves on the lake were significant.  It appeared that the two people were in distress.  The first kayaker, a 33-year-old woman, was pulled onto the patrol boat.  She was exhibiting signs of hypothermia, and immediately brought into the warm cabin of the boat.  The second person, a 32-year-old man, was able to paddle back to shore on his own.  The Seattle Fire Department met the patrol boat near Magnuson and treated both individuals for hypothermia.  Both were treated and released from the scene.  The couple told officers they had been on the water for approximately three hours.