Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 30) around 2:45 p.m., a 911 call came into to South King Fire & Rescue for the fire department to respond and investigate a woman swimming in open water off the Redondo Pier in Des Moines.
Fire department units arrived and confirmed that an adult woman was swimming about 300 feet off shore.
The Tacoma Fire Boat “Destiny,” a boat from Burien/Normandy Park Fire, and a Coast Guard vessel were requested to assist in the offshore rescue.
Rescue team members and a rescue swimmer from South King Fire commandeered two local row boats and, along with Des Moines Police Officers, made their way to the woman.
The agitated swimmer threatened to overturn the row boats, so firefighters backed away and monitored her condition with their rescue swimmer ready to intervene if necessary.
The Tacoma Fire Boat arrived and quickly brought the woman on board and transported her to the Redondo boat launch for medical evaluation.
She was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.