Searches Stop for Two Missing from Vacant Boat Found in Lake Washington Monday

Updated on: 9/4/2019

The US Coast Guard has stopped searching for two individuals who are missing from a boat found floating empty in Lake Washington Monday night.

A call came to Mercer Island Police reporting a boat with loud music, but when a Mercer Island Marine unit responded the found the boat empty.

Local authorities along with the US Coast Guard began searching for the couple, identified as a 33-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman through Tuesday and into Wednesday before calling off the search Wednesday morning.

They appear to have launched from Gene Coulon park where police recovered a truck and trailer licensed to the missing man. Cell phones and ID’s were also recovered from the boat.

Boater Safety  

While the search is no longer ongoing investigations into what might have happened that night could continue for some time as police search for clues in the recovered boat phone and car.

At this time we don’t know much of what could have happened on the water, only that two people who were out to have a good time may not be here anymore.

While boating can be a safe leisure activity, when proper safety precautions are not taken, boating accidents can be as or more deadly than any car accident.

Over labor-day weekend a diving vessel out of California caught fire leading to the deaths of more than 30 people, with early reports indicting safety features such as proper escape/ evacuation routes, and fire extinguishers may have contributed to the number of casualties.

Open alcoholic beverages were found inside the boat, meaning alcohol could have played a role in their disappearance.

Staying sober was just one of our tips on boater safety from earlier this year and operating a boat under the influence is not only dangerous, but illegal.

The team at Davis Law Group understands the dangers of boating accidents and has successfully represented clients involved in boating accidents.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident on the water, the Seattle Boat Accident Attorneys at Davis Law Group are here to help. Call 206-727-4000 or use the chat or contact options on this page to request a free consultation with our team today.

Chris Davis
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Christopher M. Davis is principal attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.
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