Port Townsend: Body of second crabber found on beach near Point Wilson

PORT TOWNSEND — A boating accident just outside Dungeness Bay in the Strait of Juan de Fuca has claimed a second victim.

The body of 65-year-old Steve Wasankari Sr. of Sequim was found Tuesday at about 7 a.m. on a beach below a bluff west of Fort Worden near Point Wilson about 10 miles east of Dungeness Bay, the Port Townsend Fire Department said.

A woman strolling along the beach discovered the body and notified authorities, a firefighter said.

Wasankari wasn’t wearing a flotation device, authorities said.

His son, Steve Wasankari Jr., 30, of Port Angeles died Sunday night at Olympic Memorial Hospital after a Coast Guard helicopter found him wearing a flotation device but unconscious near Dungeness Bay.

The father and son were crabbing inside the Dungeness Spit in a 13-foot Boston Whaler-style boat when a sudden storm blew along the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Sunday and swamped their boat.

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