Sheriff’s deputy, good Samaritan rescue two from water

SHINE — Two people were rescued from 1,000 feet offshore in Squamish Harbor after their 15-foot aluminum dinghy capsized, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office received a report about 4:20 p.m. Sunday of an overturned boat with two people clinging to the side, a press release from the agency stated.

The pair contacted the sheriff’s department and said their dinghy had overturned but was staying afloat. They said they were clinging to the side of the boat without their life jackets, which had been lost during the incident, the release stated.

While the U.S. Coast Guard and other rescue units were mobilizing, Jefferson County Sgt. Ryan Menday located a Bridgehaven resident, Kory Mills, who had a 20-foot fiberglass boat and was willing to assist, according to the release.

“The pair were able to rescue the subjects as well as give a ride to two additional family members who had commandeered their own vessel and were paddling towards their kin with only a 2×4 as an oar,” the sheriff’s office stated in the press release.

“Mills piloted his boat through the darkness until we were able to locate the subjects and get them safely aboard his vessel.”

The two people were transported to aid units for treatment for hypothermia, according to the release.

Attempts to retrieve the boat were unsuccessful.


Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached at

More in News

Dream Playground to be fully covered by insurance

The Washington Cities Insurance Authority will reimburse a full… Continue reading

About 30 sailboats compete in the Port Townsend Sailing Association’s 33rd annual Shipwrights Regatta on Port Townsend Bay on Saturday. More of a fun event than a sailing competition, awards are given out during a pizza party afterward for the most navigationally challenged (Directional Helmet trophy) and for the “saltiest” boat and crew. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Shipwrights Regatta

About 30 sailboats compete in the Port Townsend Sailing Association’s 33rd annual… Continue reading

The City of Sequim hosts 13 manufactured home/mobile home parks with 596 existing units and 786 approved dwelling units. City staff continue to look into zoning options that could protect these sites from redevelopment to help protect affordable housing options in the city. (City of Sequim)
Sequim extends its mobile home moratorium

City staff to work preserving manufactured housing option

Olympic Medical Center chief outlines efforts at improvements

Decreased number of travelers among them

Jay and Trudi Inslee wear red for #WearRedDay to support women’s heart health in 2022. (Jay Inslee)
Gov. Inslee reflects in his final year of three terms

On the second level of the white and gray marbled… Continue reading

Chris Johnson of Nordland-based Nordland Construction loads traffic drums onto a trailer as coworker Robert Bufford prepares to secure the load as the pair prepares to open the parking lot at Port Angeles City Pier to automobiles on Friday. The work was part of a project to improve storm drainage, replace damaged sidewalks and ADA ramps and mitigate shoreline erosion around the lot, which had been closed since early January. Tree replacement and other project detail work is expected to follow over the next few weeks.
City Pier parking open

Chris Johnson of Nordland-based Nordland Construction loads traffic drums onto a trailer… Continue reading

Sequim Citizen of the Year luncheon on Tuesday

Emiko Brock, Labbe, Olsen to be honored

EYE ON THE PENINSULA: Broadband, public health before county boards

Government meetings across North Olympic Peninsula

A pair of Clallam Transit buses sit at The Gateway Transit Center in Port Angeles in preparation for their fixed-route runs on Thursday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Clallam Transit sees large rise in ridership

No issues seen with new zero-fare policy

Plans move ahead for Quilcene skate park

Jefferson County, volunteers seek grants

Peninsula College Foundation reports record levels of giving

Programs, students both recipients of funds

County to repave section of Carlsborg Road

Clallam County commissioners will consider awarding a contract for… Continue reading