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Body Of Missing Crewman Recovered From Sunken Boat

By From Staff And Wire Reports

The body of a crewman was recovered Friday from inside a tugboat that sank near the mouth of Grays Harbor.

The crewman was identified by the Coast Guard as Barry Pinard, 51, of Renton.

Divers hired by Manson Construction of Seattle, the tug’s owner, found Pinard’s body in the front of the Marie M, about 45 feet below the surface.

Pinard was the vessel’s cook and was last seen in the galley. He was the only person who did not escape when the 84-foot Marie M sank suddenly Thursday while hauling a dredge barge in apparently calm conditions. The barge remained afloat.

Five other crew members were rescued by a nearby fishing boat. One person was treated and released from Grays Harbor Community Hospital after ingesting a lot of salt water.

The tug and barge had been working in the harbor since March, dredging for the Army Corps of Engineers, project engineer John Molvar said.

The barge had just been loaded with dredged material near an Aberdeen terminal and was headed to a South Jetty dump site when the tug went down.

It has not been determined what caused the boat to sink.

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