Water Balloon Knocks Out Seafair Boater on Lake Washington

A 40-year-old Mercer Island man was knocked unconscious by a water balloon last Saturday during Seafair as he steered his motorboat past Faben Point and the I-90 Floating Bridge.

are investigating an Aug. 4 assault of a local boater on Lake Washington who was struck by a water balloon in the head, knocking him out.

Police say the 40-year-old man was steering his boat past Faben Point on Mercer Island's North-end at around 3 p.m. when he was hit by a water balloon launched from a residence on the 2000 block of Faben Drive. The force of the water balloon — launched by a "heavy duty" sling shot from a local residence — knocked the man unconscious, according to a Woodinville man who witnessed the attack.

(Ed. Note: A YouTube video attached to this story of youthful Mercer Island water balloon hurlers was not filmed during this incident, and is intended for illustrative purposes only.)

He later regained consciousness and declined medical aid. Police were contacted about the intentional water balloon attack just after 6 p.m.

Launching water balloons at boats on Mercer Island, especially during Seafair, has become something of a tradition — but MIPD Cmdr. Dave Jokinen said depending on the circumstances, shooting a water balloon at person, vehicle or boat could be considered a crime.

"In this circumstance it certainly was an assault," he said. "The victim was injured - temporarily knocked unconscious."

A 30-year-old resident of the Faben Point home blamed the attack on a male visitor, but police say they have been unable to locate the possible suspect.

"During Seafair (and all year round) we discourage this type of behavior and the use of water balloons, funnelators (large sling shots), water cannons, etc," said Jokinen. "These items have the potential to injure and also can cause property damage."

W Cren August 09, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I actually witnessed the 'attack' from the dock right next to it. No one was knocked unconscious. There were close to 100 witnesses that could attest to that. The person who was 'assaulted' was embarrassed about getting hit and then must have wanted to prove that he could ruin the 'attacker's' life who was just some drunk guy having fun. It was just power tripping. Calling it an assault or an attack is just media jumping on a 'story' and some drunk bully (with an overloaded boat) being an jerk.
Kendall Watson August 09, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Hi W. Cren — Well, there's some bad news for the "some drunk guy having fun" then. The police have identified him as a suspect in what THEY are calling a misdemeanor assault case, and want to interview him, according to the MIPD in this story. 100 witnesses? Interesting that an MIPD patrol officer only named one witness in the initial report, which appears to be one of the people on the boat. Also, no mention of alcohol in the report. I'll have to take a second look at this.


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