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Vessels Collide, one killed

On Friday, October 5, 2012, Donald Hatch, an Edmonds resident, was killed when a 44-foot cabin cruiser collided with his small boat during a fishing outing off Seattle’s Shilshole Bay.

The United States Coast Guard confirmed Hatch died after a 44-foot cabin cruiser, the SHELMAR, collided with his 16-foot aluminum skiff. Hatch’s companion on the boat was, John Johnson, of Mountlake Terrace. Hatch and Johnson had taken Hatch’s skiff about a mile off Shilshole on Friday.

At about 4:10 p.m., the cabin cruiser SHELMAR collided with the skiff. Hatch and Johnson were thrown into the water, according to Eric Cookson, Coast Guard command duty officer. The two occupants of the SHELMAR pulled the men from the water, Cookson said.

When Suquamish Tribal police arrived on the scene Hatch wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, Cookson said. Police performed CPR, but couldn’t revive Hatch.

Johnson was taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, and later released. His injuries were not immediately known.

The SHELMAR is owned by Robert Wood, who was on the boat at the time of the collision, but it’s unclear if he was operating it, Cookson said.

Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt wouldn’t release any further information Saturday, saying the accident is under investigation.

The vessels have been impounded.

Source: Christine Willmsen, Seattle Times

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