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December 2010 Archives

Crab Boat Sinks On Willapa Bay; One Crewman Dead

The 30-foot fishing vessel ELLA ANN sank at the mouth of Willapa Bay on Sunday, with the loss of one crewman. 34 year old Luis Perez from South Bend was lost in the accident when the ELLA ANN capsized in an area known as "the sink" just inside the mouth of the bar. After being thrown into the water, the captain of the vessel, Eric Petit, was able to contact the Coast Guard to ask for emergency rescue via his cell telephone. A Coast Guard helicopter was on the scene in 40 minutes, but they were only able to locate Petit, who they saw slip beneath the sea and apparently drown. The helicopter crew was able to hoist Petit aboard the helicopter and revived him using CPR. Perez's body was recovered from the bay the following day.

Search For Missing Lobster Fisherman Ends

The Coast Guard has halted its search for a missing lobster fisherman. David Mahonen was lost overboard from the 77-foot lobster boat TIMOTHY MICHAEL on December 12. He was reported to have fallen overboard approximately 45 miles south of Rockland, Maine. According to reports, he was not wearing a personal flotation device. A 24-hour search by the Coast Guard in severe weather conditions failed to locate Mahonen. The facts and circumstances surrounding the accident are not known at this time.

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