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Washington Skipper Dies Aboard Fishing Vessel

A Washington skipper has died resulting from injuries sustained aboard a fishing vessel last week. The vessel was fishing 15 miles west of Gray’s Harbor when the captain, 50-year-old Keenan Stearns of South Bend, Washington, became entangled in fishing gear. The crew was not able to free him. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries later that day. Stearns was the skipper for the 73-foot commercial fishing vessel called “Swell Rider.”
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