• One dead, 5 injured after boat crash off Vashon Island

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    Deputies say one person is dead and five others are injured after a boat crash late Saturday night off Vashon Island. 

    28-year-old Justin Hagerty owned and was operating this boat with five other people on it when it crashed into a boat that was moored at Quartermaster Harbor. 

    "We are definitely looking into determining whether alcohol or drugs were involved," said Sergeant Mark Rorvik of the Sheriff's Marine Unit, who responded to the crash. "Traveling too fast for conditions if that was a factor." 

    Rorvik said Hagerty and a 27-year-old passenger were thrown overboard. Four other passengers were also injured.

    A second boat of friends was following and managed to pull Hagerty and the other passenger out of the water. The other passengers were brought to shore. 

    Rescuers attempted CPR, but Hagerty could not be saved.

    Rorvik says visbility was extremely low, but demonstrated to KIRO 7 how radar could have helped. Hagerty's boat didnt have it, which is not required, only advised for frequent travel at night.

    Life jackets are required, and no one was wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident. There were only three life jackets on board for the six occupants. 

    The injured survivors suffered broken bones. 

    At least three of the victims are still at Harborview Medical Center in satisfactory conditon Monday. The other two were released with minor injuries. 


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