Two Neoteric rescue hovercraft operated by Snohomish County Fire Districts 19 and 21 were involved with rescue efforts last night when a portion of an Interstate 5 bridge collapsed, dropping vehicles and their passengers into the Skagit River 60 miles north of Seattle.
Four-lane Interstate 5 is Washington state’s major north-south artery, used by an average of 77,000 vehicles every day. Thanks to the rapid rescue response, there were no fatalities and only three people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
“Thanks to the rescuers and a little bit of luck, with had three Skagitonians who made it out of the Skagit River alive,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee from the scene on Thursday night.
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|Neoteric rescue hovercraft on the Skagit River
after the Interstate 5 bridge collapse. (AP photo/Seattle Times/Rick Lund)
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