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May 21, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Man who died when boat flipped in San Juans is identified

A 72-year-old man who died after the boat he was in capsized in the San Juan Islands Friday afternoon has been identified as James Ableman of Bellingham.

The accident happened a few hundred yards west of Sucia Island, which is north of Orcas Island near the U.S.-Canada border.

People aboard the boat were reaching to retrieve a stuck crab pot from the water, when the vessel flipped shortly before 3 p.m.

Another boater pulled the three victims, all male, from the water. The three men suffered hypothermia and Coast Guard and San Juan County sheriff’s medics responding to the accident used CPR but couldn’t save Ableman.

The Canadian Coast Guard, and a doctor aboard another nearby vessel, also assisted.

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