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May 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Coast Guard rescues man off Bainbridge Island

The U.S. Coast Guard spent four hours early Monday searching for a 60-year-old man who apparently blacked out while taking his 8-foot boat home from a funeral. Rescuers took him to the hospital because he was slightly disoriented when they found him at 5:50 a.m. Monday.

According to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Akiyama, the man attended a funeral at Manchester Pier, in Kitsap County Sunday night and decided to take his 8-foot boat to his camping spot on Blake Island. Witnesses said he seemed intoxicated when he left. Several hours later, his wife called the Blake Island State Park ranger to report that he hadn’t turned up.

The U.S. Coast Guard sent out a boat and a helicopter to search for the man for several hours. They spotted him off Restoration Point, Bainbridge Island, just before 6 a.m. He told rescuers he thought he had blacked out.

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