KIKET ISLAND — A 63-year-old couple was found severely hypothermic Monday afternoon on the shore of Kiket Island after their boat capsized.

They were brought to Island Hospital in Anacortes and it appears they will be OK, said Sgt. Chris Baldwin of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office.

The couple had been crabbing on the northwest side of the island around 2 p.m. when a line got entangled in the propeller of their 17-foot Alumaweld boat. They lost control of the boat and the stern turned into the wind, which allowed waves to swamp the boat.

The couple, whose names have not been released, held onto the capsized boat for about 15 minutes before deciding to swim the 150 yards to shore, Baldwin said.

“They were in the water for close to 30 minutes,” he said. “… Their life jackets saved their life.”

Crews from the sheriff’s office marine unit, Skagit County Fire District No. 13 and Swinomish Tribal Police worked for about half an hour to locate and rescue the couple.

They have suspended the search for the boat, Baldwin said.

“We couldn’t find it,” he said. “It’s really rough out there.”


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