Boat sinks after morning collision

Published on Thu, Oct 2, 2003
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Boat sinks after morning collision

Several men were injured Wednesday morning after two vessels crashed outside of the Blaine Marina while crabbing.

�A couple of boats apparently collided out in the fog, and one of them subsequently sank in the dock,� fire chief Jim Rutherford said, adding the sunken boat was a 26-foot crabbing boat.

A total of five men from Blaine and Bellingham were involved in the accident. Three patients were cared for � one of whom was transported to St. Joseph�s Hospital for minor injuries, according to Rutherford.

�We believe them to be relatively minor injuries � one man may have fractures,� Rutherford said. The other two were released and had suffered �bumps and scrapes.�

According to witnesses, one man reportedly had a concussion after being thrown through a boat�s windshield; however, his status could not be confirmed as off press time.

The collision happened around 8:30 Wednesday morning. Rutherford was unsure of how long the men were in the water.

Wednesday was the opening day of crabbing for all citizen commercial crabbing in the area. Several species of crab are found in Washington�s waters and along its shores though only a few are large enough to be of commercial and sport interest, according to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Two crab species, dungeness and red rock, are harvested locally. For more information, visit www.wa.gov/wdfw/