9 people rescued after canoe overturns

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Nine people were rescued and brought to Sequim by the Coast Guard after their canoe overturned five miles west of Port Townsend Monday morning.

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. - Nine people were rescued after their canoe overturned five miles west of Port Townsend Monday morning.

According to the Coast Guard, they were alerted to the people waving their arms in the water by a passing cargo vessel.

All nine people were recovered by a 45-foot Coast Guard response boat and were transferred to John Wayne Marina in Sequim, where they were transferred to a hospital by local emergency services.

Some of the victims were experiencing mild hypothermia.

Another Coast Guard boat towed to canoe to Sequim.

Though it is not known if the canoers are tribal members, dozens of canoes were expected to arrive just north of Sequim Monday in advance of the Paddle to Quinault next week.

The journey offers opportunities for tribal members to re-learn, strengthen and reinforce their canoe traditions. 

Organizers said they expect anywhere from 90 U.S. tribes, Canadian First Nations and New Zealand to join the celebration.