Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A further update on the Allman Joy

I just spoke with Beth Ipsen, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers believe Frederick Washburn, who was found dead yesterday on his beached fishing vessel Allman Joy, had been out trolling alone for salmon, Ipsen said.

Washburn, who was 72, had some medical issues and this could have played into his death and the vessel grounding, she said. The body has been sent to the statewide medical examiner's office.

"Right now it looks like natural causes," Ipsen said.

The Allman Joy was found high and dry, with Washburn aboard and unresponsive, yesterday morning near Gedney Harbor along Chatham Strait, about 67 miles southeast of Sitka.

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