A follow-up on the Olympia man overboard story, with a sad, tragic ending…
A sailor missing since Saturday was found dead on Sunday, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said. Rescue crews were searching for the 46-year-old man in the water after a sailboat overturned in Puget Sound, about four miles north of Olympia on Saturday.
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said the boat was taking part in the Eagle Islands Race, a sanctioned sailboat race put on by the South Sound Sailing Society. A 22-foot fiberglass sailboat was in the 25th mile when it capsized due to extremely high winds and 8 to 10 foot waves.
Two people were rescued from the water within 10 to 15 minutes after the boat capsized by other boats in the race. The third person attempted to get into another boat but couldn’t make it due to the high waves and the boat being tossed about.
The man was wearing a Coast Guard approved life vest. The man’s body was found in Case Inlet, near Herron Island. Rescue teams from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and the Coast Guard were on scene shortly after the 911 call. The Coast Guard provided a 45-foot patrol boat and a helicopter. Article courtesy K5 tv, photo is of the Coast Guard search.