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Offline Craneman

Willapa bay claims fisherman today
« on: July 10, 2019, 02:54:11 PM »
A boat went rolled over this morning at washaway beach on the Willapa bay this morning. With the lose of one person, the other made it to shore .We decieded not to go this am do to windy conditions.

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Offline Wiley

Re: Willapa bay claims fisherman today
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2019, 05:04:17 PM »
Sorry for the loss of anyone. Good for you in showing good sense !!! Capsizing is always a threat, a lot of people don’t always take into account. Myself included. What opened my eyes to it was a capsized Boston Whaler in S.F. Bay a few years ago... an boat with a great reputation is no excuse for common sense.
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Offline Chief of the Boat

Re: Willapa bay claims fisherman today
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2019, 05:36:34 PM »
VESSEL CAPSIZES OFF WASHAWAY BEACH CAUSING FATALITY

Tokeland, WA. – Today at approximately 9:12 AM the Pacific County Communications Center received a 911 call regarding an overturned vessel in the ocean near the vicinity of the Washaway Beach area off of State Route 105. The caller further explained that the vessel was an 18-foot Bayliner and that the two occupants had been thrown into the water but had managed to hold onto the vessel. The reporting party was in another vessel and was unable to get close enough to render aid.

The United States Coast Guard along with law enforcement and emergency services responded to the scene. During the response, the operator of the overturned vessel was able to make it to shore by utilizing a cooler to keep afloat. The operator of the vessel was identified as Eric Howell, age 46, of Raymond. Howell explained that he had lost sight of the other occupant that was with him. Howell explained that a large wave overturned the vessel.



Law enforcement and emergency services personnel began to search the beach and the rock jetty areas. At approximately 1009 AM the second occupant of the vessel was located deceased on a rock jetty by a sheriff’s deputy approximately three quarters of a mile from where the vessel capsized. The decedent was identified as Stanley Lapinoja, age 51, of Raymond. Neither occupant of the capsized vessel was wearing a life jacket during the incident.

Sea conditions at the time of the incident displayed significant swells and visibility was poor. Responding agencies included the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, Shoalwater Bay Tribal Police, Washington State Parks, Coast Guard ground crew and responders from the South Beach Regional Fire Authority.
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Offline Mooch

Re: Willapa bay claims fisherman today
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2019, 09:58:50 PM »
Neither occupant of the capsized vessel was wearing a life jacket during the incident.

Sea conditions at the time of the incident displayed significant swells and visibility was poor. Responding agencies included the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, Shoalwater Bay Tribal Police, Washington State Parks, Coast Guard ground crew and responders from the South Beach Regional Fire Authority.

Tragic.  Feeling very sad for the family of the lost, but can't even imagine how the skipper must feel after losing a soul in his care. 
Wear your life jackets people, there are other lives in the balance, not just your own.  Thanks to all those who selflessly came to the survivor's aid.

Be safe out there, mates.
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Offline fishmiester

Re: Willapa bay claims fisherman today
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2019, 07:49:45 AM »
We had been fishing LaPush for the last 3 days, with a good ocean, checked the Noah prediction for wed  morning on tuesday and pretty much had decided we wouldn,t be going out. Got up up Wed morning drove down to the mouth of the river and it was breaking all the way accross. We put the boat on the trailer and came back to Raymond. We had just been discussing how treacherous Washaway could be at times with our friends we were staying with in Lapush. Sad day. LIFE JACKETS SAVE LIVES!!
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Offline beancounter

Re: Willapa bay claims fisherman today
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2019, 05:08:47 PM »
We had been fishing LaPush for the last 3 days, with a good ocean, checked the Noah prediction for wed  morning on tuesday and pretty much had decided we wouldn,t be going out. Got up up Wed morning drove down to the mouth of the river and it was breaking all the way accross. We put the boat on the trailer and came back to Raymond. We had just been discussing how treacherous Washaway could be at times with our friends we were staying with in Lapush. Sad day. LIFE JACKETS SAVE LIVES!!
Wise choice. So sorry to see a life lost like this.

Offline amazing grace

Re: Willapa bay claims fisherman today
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2019, 12:02:30 PM »
Just curious if there is any further info. A smaller Bayliner is not a good vessel to take on big water. An outboard or ib/ob? Low freeboard ski boat? hope not. Wondering if they had engine failure? It is always good to know circumstances. I understand the bad decision aspect to go out. Wondering about other aspects if anyone has heard. Thanks. 
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