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November 13, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Body of Bellingham sailboat captain found at Blakely Island marina

The body of a Bellingham sailboat captain was found Sunday afternoon at the bottom of a harbor near Blakely Island, according to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.

The captain, Donald Mierzeski, 42, had taken his 35-foot sailboat to the San Juans for a racing event on Saturday and moored it at Blakely Island’s marina, the sheriff’s office said.

He was last seen walking on the dock back toward the boat at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Deputies searched the marina without success Saturday, finding the body Sunday after sending out a dive team.

Deputies are investigating the circumstances leading to the death, the sheriff’s office said.

Read the story by our news partner, Three Sheets Northwest.

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