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Canoe overturns near Port Townsend; Coast Guard responds

July 22nd, 2013 at Mon, 22nd, 2013 at 11:35 am by rwalker

THIRD REPORT: From Clallam County Fire District 3, Monday, 1:05 p.m.:

According to Clallam County Fire District 3, which responded to the scene, the overturned canoe was from Vancouver Island; the skipper is from Duncan.

All pullers and the skipper were evaluated at John Wayne Marina, district spokesman Patrick Young said. One male was taken to Olympic Medical Center for further evaluation, the other eight were taken to the camp at Jamestown S’Klallam.

SECOND REPORT: From the U.S. Coast Guard, Monday, 12:14 p.m.

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard has recovered nine people from the water near Port Townsend.

A passing cargo vessel alerted the Coast Guard 25-foot Response Boat Small, homeported in Port Angeles, and the Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat Medium, homeported in Bellingham,of an overturned canoe with people waving their arms in the water.

All nine people were recovered by the 45-foot response boat and transferred to John Wayne Marina in Sequim, where they were transferred by local Emergency Medical Services. It was reported that some of the people were experiencing mild hypothermic conditions.

The 25-foot response boat towed the canoe to John Wayne Marina.


PORT TOWNSEND — A Northwest tribal canoe participating in the Canoe Journey/Paddle to Quinault reportedly overturned with nine people onboard Monday.

At approximately 7:39 a.m., watchstanders at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sector Puget Sound received a report from Jefferson County of nine people in the water near Admiralty Bay. The call to Jefferson County was reported to be from one of the people in the water, the Coast Guard reported. The call was reportedly made from a cell phone.

An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter was launched from Air Station Port Angeles. Two 25-foot Response Boat Smalls were deployed from Station Port Angeles. One 45-foot Response Boat Medium from Station Bellingham, and Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Port Angeles, were deployed to the scene.

A member of the Swinomish Tribe, whose husband is a member of the Swinomish Tribe’s council, reported at 11:35 a.m. that all canoes and pullers participating in the Journey have been accounted for and are OK.

Canoes departed Port Townsend in fog early Monday en route to Sequim and the territory of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. Canoes visit Elwha July 23 and 24, Pillar Point July 25, Neah Bay July 26, Ozette July 27, La Push July 28 and 29, Hoh River July 30, Queets July 31, and Taholah Aug. 1. The Quinault Nation reportedly expects 86 canoes to arrive on its shores and will host canoe pullers and canoe families Aug. 1-7.

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