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Kayaker whose boat flipped near Key Peninsula dies at hospital

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 19, 2013 at 10:55 am with No Comments »
March 19, 2013 11:19 am

A kayaker whose boat overturned between the Key Peninsula and McNeil Island Monday night died early this morning, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet identified the man but he is 29 and from Lakebay, Troyer said.

He was listed in grave condition after being taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor after the boat capsized in the Pitt Passage about 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Another man in the kayak was able to make it to shore and call 911 after borrowing a telephone at a home in the 3700 block of 140th Avenue KP South.

Searchers found the missing kayaker after about an hour and pulled him from the water.

Both men were wearing life vests. An investigation is ongoing into what caused the boat to turn over.

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