MARITIME CASUALTY - WHAT WENT WRONG AND WHY

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One dead, one saved

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.

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.

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