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July 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Seattle nurse drowns near Ilwaco on Washington coast

A 55-year-old Woodinville man who worked as a nurse at Harborview Medical Center drowned Saturday when an inflatable raft capsized, dumping him into the frigid water off Cape Disappointment State Park.

John Beaumeir was rafting with a friend off  Benson Beach at the park near Ilwaco, said Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson. It was a sunny day, and the water looked calm from shore, Johnson said Sunday. But the sea is always treacherous in that area.

“We have so many people go into the water because it doesn’t look as rough as it is,” Johnson said.

The raft capsized several times and partially deflated. The other man was able to cling to the raft and an oar and make his way to shore. But Johnson was separated from the raft.

Neither man was wearing a life jacket, Johnson said.

People on the beach called in an alarm and volunteers from the Pacific County Surf Rescue Team responded quickly. The team launched two SeaDoo watercraft, with floating backboards used water rescues.

They brought Beaumeir back to the beach and administered CPR.  He  was taken to Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco where he was pronounced dead.

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