At 9 a.m. Friday, a 49-year-old Edmonds woman with a long history of mental health issues, attempted suicide by walking into the Puget Sound off of Brackett’s Landing Park in downtown Edmonds, according to Edmonds police.
Several citizens on the waterfront noticed the woman acting strangely and then walking into the water fully clothed and swimming out into deeper water.
Edmonds Police and Fire District 1 units responded to the area along with personnel from the WSF boat Spokane and off duty Edmonds officers working directing ferry traffic. The woman reportedly ignored pleas to come in from the water and purposely went under water several times.
Edmonds Police Corporal Aaron Greenmun, seeing that the woman was not coming in and fearing that a rescue boat would not get there in time, took off his gun belt, uniform shirt and vest then went into the water. Greenmun swam out to the woman and was able to bring her into shore where she was immediately attended to by the Fire District 1 aid crew.
The female was transported to Swedish Hospital for a mental health evaluation and treatment of hypothermia.
If not for the quick action of the bystanders who alerted police and fire and the selfless actions of the officers who responded, this incident could have been much more tragic than it was, said Edmonds Police Sgt. Mark Marsh in a news release.