A canoe carrying nine people participating in the 2013 Intertribal Canoe Journey-Paddle to Quinalt overturned near Admiralty Bay this morning. One of the victims used a cell phone to call for help.
An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter was launched from Air Station Port Angeles, two 25-foot Response Boat Smalls were deployed from Station Port Angeles, one 45-foot Response Boat Medium from Station Bellingham and Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Port Angeles were all deployed to search for the victims.
A passing cargo vessel alerted the Coast Guard after seeing the overturned canoe with people waving their arms in the water.
All nine people were recovered by the 45-foot response boat and were transferred to John Wayne Marina in Sequim where they were transferred by local Emergency Medical Services.
It was reported that some of the people were experiencing mild hypothermic conditions.
The 25-foot response boat conducted a tow of the canoe to John Wayne Marina.