The following statement is from the Kirkland Police Department:
On August 1, 2011, at approximately 11:25 am a 35-year-old Kirkland man was standup paddle boarding on Lake Washington just south of David E. Brink Park, 555 Lake St. S. Two Kirkland citizens noticed that the paddle boarder was off his board and in distress. They saw that the man had gone under water and they both went into the lake to rescue him. They located the man and brought him back to the surface, placed him on a paddle board in the water and performed CPR on the man until aid units arrived. The male was transported to the Evergreen Hospital and is in critical condition. His name is not being released until family members are notified. The male was wearing a Coast Guard approved Revere Fanny Pack Life vest. This accident is being jointly investigated by the Kirkland Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol.