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Coast Guard responds to report of nine people in the water near Port Townsend
The Coast Guard is searching for nine people from an overturned canoe in the water five nautical miles north of Port Townsend, according to a news release from the United States Coast Guard.
At approximately 7:39 a.m. watchstanders at Sector Puget Sound, Wash., received a report from Jefferson County of nine people in the water near Admiralty Bay, Wash.
An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter was launched from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., two 25-foot response boat smalls were deployed from Station Port Angeles, Wash., one 45-foot response boat medium from Station Bellingham, Wash., and Coast Guard cutter Wahoo, an 87-foot patrol boat from Port Angeles, were all deployed to the scene.
The overturned canoe was reportedly participating in the 2013 Intertribal Canoe Journey-Paddle to Quinalt, Wash. There have been no signs of distress located at this time, according to the release.