Youth charged with theft; unlawful alcohol consumption after water rescue at Houghton Beach Park

At approximately 10:51 p.m. on June 1, 2014, 9-1-1 callers reported hearing people in Lake Washington at Kirkland’s Houghton Beach Park yelling, possibly for help.  Kirkland Police Officers arrived and heard two male subjects in the water; the Kirkland Fire Department (KFD) initiated a water rescue.  One subject who initially overturned in a kayak swam to a buoy about 100 feet off shore where he was rescued and towed to shore.  The second subject could no longer be heard.  KFD rescue swimmers began to search for him near the last known point of his location.  The water search was conducted for about one hour.  Reporting witnesses told first responders that they believed the second subject was out of the water and left the scene. Approximately one hour later, a 9-1-1 caller reported someone running through their backyard and feared it was a burglar.  Kirkland K-9 Unit located a male subject hiding, whose clothes were soaked and he was identified as the second male subject. 


The subject rescued from the water was treated and released at the scene.  The second subject found by K-9 was transported to the local hospital for treatment of injuries.


The initial investigation has revealed that the two male suspects, both 18, allegedly stole a kayak from the Houghton Beach Park vendor who rents kayaks and paddleboards.  The subject rescued from the water was charged with 3rd Degree Theft, “Minor in consumption” (MIC) of alcohol, and being in a city park after hours and with alcohol.  The subject found by K-9 was charged with 3rd Degree theft, 1st Degree trespassing, MIC, and being in a city park after hours and with alcohol.  The third subject was charged with MIC and being in a city park after hours.


The Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol, Mercer Island Marine Patrol, King County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted in the response of this incident.


The Kirkland Police and Fire Departments encourage safe swimming practices and remind you that city park rules are enforced.


For more information on this incident, contact Lt. John Haslip, Kirkland Police Department at 425-587-3424 or