UPDATED — Body of Olympia man found in water off Port Townsend
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Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Gordon Tamura inspects the 6-foot skiff that was retrieved off Port Townsend on Monday.

By Charlie Bermant
Peninsula Daily News

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PORT TOWNSEND — The body of a 58-year-old Olympia man was discovered in the water between Point Wilson and Point Hudson on Monday after the small skiff in which he was riding apparently capsized.

The man has not been publicly identified pending notification of his family, according to Deputy Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney David Alvarez, who also is acting as the Jefferson County coroner.

Someone aboard a pleasure craft observed the capsized boat and body about a mile from shore and phoned it in to 9-1-1 dispatchers at 9:45 a.m.

Rescue workers arrived at the site in about 15 minutes. They retrieved the body and towed the skiff back to Port Townsend Boat Haven.

It was at that marina that the body was met by Alvarez and Kosec Funeral Home director Real Robles.

Personnel from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Port Townsend Police Department also were on the scene.

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter from Port Angeles was called in, then was advised to stand down by East Jefferson Fire-Rescue Chief Gordon Pomeroy.

It circled the area for several minutes to make sure there wasn't a second body.

Alvarez said the victim had an employer in Port Townsend and had tethered a sailboat to City Dock.

Alvarez said the victim was carrying his driver's license, but his identity would not be released until after his relatives were notified.

Jefferson County Editor Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or cbermant@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: August 26. 2013 6:28PM
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