Boat capsizes near Sucia Island, leaving 1 dead and 2 injured

HealthScott Ferguson

A Coast Guard boat and helicopter responded a capsized boat near Sucia Island on Friday, at about 2:45 p.m. after receiving a call from a Good Samaritan. Washington Park Rangers, San Juan County Sheriff's Department, and Canadian Coast Guard also responded.

When the Coast Guard arrived on the scene, they found a Sucia Island Park Ranger administering CPR aboard the boat of the citizen who had called in the capsize. A Coast Guard crew member and San Juan County paramedic assisted the ranger, but they could not resuscitate the male victim.

Two survivors were transported to Friday Harbor and are receiving medical attention. The boat capsized while trying to pull a shrimp pot that was stuck on the bottom, said the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

The Coast Guard said all three of the boaters were wearing life jackets and those jackets most likely saved the lives of the two survivors.

“This is an unfortunate case and our condolences go out to the family of the crewmember that is deceased,” said Capt. Scott Ferguson, Sector Puget Sound commanding officer.

The boat was righted and towed to Friday Harbor.

Water temperatures are in the 50s, even though air temperatures are much higher. Officials said drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the incident.

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