Body of Tacoma man recovered from Hood Canal

SEABECK - The body of a Tacoma man was found floating Thursday afternoon in the waters of Hood Canal after he had been reported missing.

The Kitsap County Coroner has identified the man as 77 year old Douglas William Gant.

Kitsap 911 initially received a call at 11:43 a.m. Thursday from a resident of Frenchmans Cove Lane NW, Seabeck, concerning a rowboat that was adrift on the canal. A vessel registration check returned that Mr. Gant was the owner of the boat.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies next responded to a residence in the 19900 block of Hood Point Road NW, for a welfare check of Mr. Gant. Deputies arrived at the cabin at approximately 12:30 p.m. to find it unoccupied. The on-scene sheriff’s watch sergeant requested Coast Guard helicopter support to provide airborne search capability. Mr. Gant’s family advised that he would use the rowboat to row out to his Campion Sport Utility Boat that was moored to a buoy off-shore.

At approximately 2:20 p.m. the incident commander was advised of a body that was seen floating in the Hood Canal by civilians aboard a passing sailboat. 

Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue, with assistance from a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office patrol boat, recovered Mr. Gant and returned him to the boat launch where he was handed over into the care of the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office.

The county’s forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy on Monday. The Kitsap County Coroner will determine findings concerning the cause of manner of death. The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office does not suspect any criminal actions are involved.

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