Mountlake Terrace man aboard skiff hit by yacht Friday

A Mountlake Terrace man was identified by the Coast Guard as one of two men who was thrown into the water Friday after a a 44-foot cabin cruiser collided with his 16-foot aluminum skiff, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported Saturday afternoon.

The Times reported that Donald Hatch, 76, of Edmonds, and friend John Johnson of Mountlake Terrace had taken Hatch’s skiff about a mile off Shilshole on Friday. At about 4:10 p.m., the cabin cruiser Shelmar collided with the skiff. Hatch and Johnson were thrown into the water, according to Eric Cookson, Coast Guard command duty officer, The Times said. The two occupants of the Shelmar pulled the men from the water, he said.

Suquamish Tribal police just happened to be refueling their boat nearby and responded to the emergency call. When they arrived on the scene Hatch wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, Cookson said. Police performed CPR, but couldn’t revive Hatch. Johnson was taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, and later released. His injuries were not immediately known.

You can read the complete Times story here.

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