Car crashes keep South Whidbey Fire/EMS busy

The first windy Whidbey weekend had South Whidbey Fire/EMS on its toes this weekend.

Rain and slick roads contributed to a pair of car crashes Friday night. Both were on Highway 525, one near Crawford Road and one at the intersection of Bush Point Road and the highway. One man was transported to Whidbey General Hospital and released without injury.

“It was my understanding that was a pretty minor one, in terms of injury,” said South Whidbey Fire/EMS Chief Rusty Palmer.

The fire district also responded to eight medical calls and one rubbish fire Friday. In total, there were more than 25 medical calls from Friday to Monday.

“The whole weekend looked horrible, but actually it was pretty good,” Palmer said.

Saturday saw a pair of watercraft calls. One was a boat adrift, and the other was a tow for a boat that had a motor problem. The Coast Guard was called in to tow that boat and two passengers which drifted into the shipping lanes of Admiralty Inlet around noon.

“Typically, the Coast Guard will make sure no one is in the water,” Palmer said. “If there is, they will call a water assist.”

High winds Sunday knocked a few trees down and one tree into power lines.

Despite wind gusts up to 25 mph yesterday, there was only one call at 9:30 p.m. for a tree over road that didn’t fall. There was also a tree in a power line in Clinton on Tuesday morning that was quickly taken care of.

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