The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) confirmed that they had recovered the body of the man who had reportedly gone missing near the Swantown Marina yesterday.
According to the TCSO, the man jumped off a sailboat as he attempted to swim from one anchored boat to another. Unfortunately, he never resurfaced from the water.
The same day, the authorities conducted a search and rescue mission. The county had also sought the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard and Harbor patrol. They had also deployed a dive team, and a chopper from Air Station Port Angeles to assist in the search.
Later, the authorities announced that they had turned the search into a recovery mission. The dive team along with the TCSO's Marine Services Unit eventually found the victim, who had reportedly died from drowning.
In a social media post, the Sheriff’s office gave a stern warning, “This tragedy is a stark reminder that no matter your swimming abilities, life vests save lives. Please recreate safely and utilize personal flotation devices.”
According to the Coast Guard’s 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics, there are 767 boating fatalities across the country. The numbers are 25.1 percent higher than in 2019. The Coast Guard also noted that 75 percent of all fatal boating incidents involved the victims drowning. The majority of the victims were not wearing life jackets.