A collision between a fishing boat and a yacht in Shilshole Bay left an Edmonds man dead last weekend. The Seattle boat accident is under investigation.

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Edmonds Man Killed In Shilshole Bay Boat Accident


Posted on Oct 24, 2012

One man was killed and another injured in a Seattle boating accident Friday afternoon, October 5, 2012. According to local authorities, the boating fatality took place when a 44-foot yacht collided with a 16-foot fishing boat about a mile from the Shilstole Bay Marina.

The Washington State boat collision occurred at about ten minutes after four in the afternoon when the cabin cruiser Shelmar struck a small aluminum skiff, throwing the two occupants of the small fishing boat overboard. Those on the cruiser pulled the two men from the water, while the nearby Suquamish Tribal Police reached the accident scene first. One of the men was transported to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation, but was released. The other man was did not have a pulse and was not breathing when reached by emergency responders. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident after rescuers failed to revive the man though CPR.

The man who died in the boating accident has been identified as 76-year-old Donald Hatch of Edmonds, a long-time employee of Boeing, father, and grandfather. The man who was injured has been identified as John Johnson of Mountlake Terrace. Both were described as avid fishermen.

The Seattle Harbor Patrol and the Coast Guard also responded to the scene, while the Seattle Police are investigating the cause of the boat accident. The boats have been impounded and investigators are as of yet unsure of the owner of the yacht, Robert Wood, was operating the boat at the time of the collision.

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