Bellingham Man Dies in Alaska Boating Accident

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Sitka, Alaska-  A fisherman from Bellingham has died after he fell overboard and drown in Alaska on November 2nd, 2020.

Sitka Police responded to a call at 7:28 a.m. for reports of a person floating facedown in the water near the seawall by Seafood Producers Cooperative, known locally as SPC.  Sitka Officers, an ambulance and the Sitka Fire Department responded to the scene and quickly recovered the body from the water and attempted life saving measures, but Cameron was pronounced dead at the scene.

KCAW said, the man, identified by Sitka Police as 65-year old Ronald Cameron, died after falling into the water while attempting to tie up his vessel, the Allysen Moriah,  which is based out of Bellingham, Washington.

According to KCAW, Seargeant Lance Ewers said the death investigation is ongoing, but according to satellite tracking, it appears Cameron arrived in the harbor on his 75-foot longliner shortly before the call came in.  “It appears he was trying to tie up his boat by himself and you know, with the weather and wind blowing, he managed to get it partially tied and then it appears the boat pulled away from the dock and he fell in,” Ewers told KCAW.  Cameron wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

After he fell in, the boat started floating down the channel. “These men who work at the SPC Center were able to throw stuff on it and grab onto it with poles and managed to wrangle it back into place and get some ropes on it and tie it off,” Ewers said.  “Because it would’ve literally just creamed into the boats just south of SPC there.”

No Foul play is suspected. The Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage has taken custody of the body and will conduct an autopsy to confirm the cause of death. Next of kin notification has been made according to the Sitka Police Department.


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