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Boaters go overboard on Lake Washington

A "Donzi" power boat nearly sank in Lake Washington last week.

An unknown event caused all five boaters in the vessel to land in the water, said Cmdr. Leslie Burns of the Mercer Island Police Department.

Nearby boaters and jet skiers picked up the boaters — none of whom wore a life vest — and transported the group to a private dock.

The power boat began to sink; however, Vessel Assist towed the partially sunken boat to Calkins Landing on the north-east side of the Island and "de-watered" the watercraft.

Several people were transported to the hospital, she said, but the extent of their injuries are unknown.

"They were not life threatening," she said.

The city of Mercer Island will not charge the boaters for police assistance, she said; however the group will incur "a considerable bill from Vessel Assist for the tow and de-water of their boat."

Seattle Vessel Assist is a private company that provides marine rescue, towing and salvage for Puget Sound-area boaters, 24-hours a day.

The cause of the overboard boaters and semi-sunken vessel remains unclear, Cmdr. Burns said. The incident is currently under investigation and more information will likely be available later in the week.

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