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Originally published Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

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Man falls from boat, presumed drowned

A man who fell from a sailboat into Lake Washington on Saturday is presumed dead after a search of the water about off Magnuson Park.

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A man who fell from a sailboat into Lake Washington on Saturday morning is presumed dead after an extensive search of the water about 200 yards off Magnuson Park.

Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt said people aboard the sailboat noticed one of their companions had not been seen for some time. They spotted the man’s life jacket in the water and called 911 shortly after 10 a.m., she said.

The Police Department’s Harbor Patrol Unit, along with the Seattle Fire Department, the King County Sheriff’s Marine Unit and the Coast Guard all responded, but the rescue effort switched to a recovery effort about 40 minutes in, said Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Sue Stangl.

The harbor patrol spent hours searching for the man’s body in deep water but failed to recover the body of the man before the search was halted at dusk. His identity was not released.

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