Written by Jen Finn
WARRENTON — A death off the Washington coast and two close calls, including one off Cape Arago, has prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to remind crabbers to avoid fatigue and wear life jackets.
John Salas, a 56-year-old crewman on the crabbing vessel Senja, died after falling overboard without a life jacket Jan. 15 off the mouth of the Queets River on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Although the crew reacted quickly and a deckhand went after him in an immersion suit, Salas died. His body has not yet been recovered.
Two additional near catastrophes within the Pacific Northwest Dungeness crab fleet in recent weeks have demonstrated the dangers of neglecting proper sleep at sea.
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