SEATTLE — Coast Guard personnel and multiple good Samaritan boat crews responded to a tragic event after a 22-foot aluminum vessel capsized 500 yards off Hand Rock in La Push, Wednesday.
The body of the deceased 74-year-old mariner, Clifford Dopps, washed ashore near the Olympic National Park, Thursday, along with the vessel.
A good Samaritan pulled one person from the water and safely transported them to emergency medical personnel waiting at Coast Guard Station Quillayute River with assistance from a station 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, who escorted the vessel after it had become disabled en route to station.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of the deceased,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Cory Wadley, officer in charge at Coast Guard Station Quillayute River. “Many dangers exist when boating in cold waters and people are reminded to pay close attention to the weather and water temperatures, and to take all necessary precautions before going out.”
Weather on scene was clear with light winds, 4- to 6-foot seas, an air temperature of 64 F and a water temperature of 53 F.