Boater presumed drowned off Everett marina

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 15 at 7:19 AM

EVERETT, Wash. -- A Seattle dive time is en route to Everett to help recover the body of a man who fell out of a boat into the water Monday afternoon.

Emergency responders received an emergency call around 1:20 p.m. that some Good Samaritans had pulled a man from the water after his 12-foot dingy capsized near the 10th Street boat marina, and that his friend who was on board was still missing.

For hours, Everett police, the fire department and the Coast Guard used boats and a helicopter to scour the waters of Port Gardner Bay, but their search turned up empty.

Meanwhile, the two people who managed to rescue the other boater said they were at the right place at the right time.

"I heard shouting. That's what drew my attention was shouting," said Brent, who helped rescue the man.

The man had managed to stay afloat in the water when a couple in a boat heard his cries for help and spotted him about 50 to 75 yards off Jetty Island.

"He was really exhausted," said Brent. "It was limited to single word answers."

"He was extremely hypothermic. (His) lips were blue, he was very weak," said Sarah. "We had difficult time pulling him into the boat."

The man told the couple he had been treading water for a half an hour. Sadly, there's little hope his friend will be found alive.

"He said his friend went under 5 minutes after the boat sank," said Brent.

It's not clear what caused the boat to tip over.

Even though the weather is warm, the water is still very cold. Since the missing man was likely not wearing a life jacket, hope has faded for rescue crews that they would be able to save him.

The dive team is expected to use scan sonar to help locate the body.

 

KING 5's Mimi Jung and Liza Javier contributed to this report.

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