Coast Guard searches for two rescued men whose boat sank of Clallam Bay
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The U.S. Coast Guard Homeland Security along with Global Diving and Salvage inspect the sunken fishing boat off Slip Point on Thursday morning. -- Photo by Lonnie Archibald/Peninsula Daily News

By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News

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CLALLAM BAY -- The Coast Guard is searching for two men who were rescued from a boat that sank off Clallam Bay on Wednesday.

Howard Cooper, of Richland, plucked the two men out of the water and into his small sports boat near Slip Point.

Cooper took the men to the Olson's Resort dock. The two men drove away before anyone could get their names or before the Coast Guard and Clallam Bay Fire Department medics arrived.

As of Thursday, the Coast Guard did not know the identity of the two men or what caused the boat to sink.

"We are working with tribal police to find them," said Lt. Jennifer Osburn, a spokeswoman with the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle.

"They got rescued by a good Samaritan, and we haven't talked to the folks," she added.

Osburn did not know which tribe investigators are working with.

Makah tribal Police Chief Sam White could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Coast Guard officials said the boat sank at about 4:45 p.m.

Global Diving and Salvage Inc. was contracted to remove the submerged vessel from the water.

Osburn on Thursday said the latest plan she heard was to de-water the boat and begin to look for clues today.

"The Coast Guard doesn't know what happened," she said.

Tasha Dawley, who works at Olson's Resort, said the boat was probably 30 to 37 feet long.

Onlookers said the name of the boat appeared to be North Pass.

Last modified: August 27. 2010 12:42AM
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