Sailor dies while arriving at Filucy Bay marina

by Tim Flanagan on May 20, 2011

MEGHAN WALKER has this story at SeattlePI.com:

For the past few months, here Ken Balcomb has been putting up posters on docks at marinas along the California coast, ambulance asking for orca-sighting reports.

It may seem archaic, online akin to a kid putting up a "lost cat" poster on a telephone pole. But Balcomb says it works.

But science may soon have a more up-to-date method: Shooting the killer whales with a dart that a satellite can track. The federal government is considering such a proposal.

Scientists, however, don’t agree on tagging. For some, tagging could help in understanding a beloved but endangered animal. For others, tagging would provide little value but do real harm to orcas.

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Should-we-tag-orcas-to-save-them-1386594.php#ixzz1MuaOJL2H

Marty McOmber has the story at Three Sheets Northwest:

A 72-year-old man from Tacoma who died suddenly as he was about to dock at a South Sound marina on Wednesday likely suffered a medical emergency, mind
authorities say.

Horst Albrecht was alone aboard a 27-foot sailboat heading into the Longbranch Marina in Filucy Bay around 5:30 p.m. when the incident occurred, said Lt. Peter Cropp, marine services manager for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Autopsy results are pending, but Cropp said it appears Albrecht had some type of medical emergency.

“The indication at this point is that there was some medical condition onboard the boat and as the operator was coming in to dock the boat, succumbed to that,” he said. “It doesn’t appear that it was any kind of boating accident that caused the death.”

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