Boat that sank, killing 1, was overloaded with metal

EVERETT — A boat that capsized off the Everett waterfront May 14 killing one occupant was overloaded with scrap metal, officials said Friday.

The heavy load apparently caused the accident, city spokeswoman Kate Reardon said.

The two men aboard the boat weren’t wearing lifejackets, she said. One man survived. The other’s body has not been found.

The 12-foot vessel capsized in Port Gardner, just north of Jetty Island. The wind was blowing and the water was choppy at the time.

Nearby boaters found one man, 49, of Everett, and brought him to shore. They said he was turning blue with cold. He was treated at a local hospital for hypothermia.

The boat’s owner, Richard L. Irby Jr., also 49, of Everett, is presumed to have drowned. Rescuers spent more than 16 hours over two days searching the water for his body without success, Reardon said.

Everett police have been investigating the capsizing.

They have not determined where the scrap metal was salvaged from, officer Aaron Snell said Friday.

Irby’s boat was recovered the next day after being spotted by a television news helicopter pilot.

The boat had been submerged in a shallow channel, Reardon said.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449;

More in Local News

Man, woman seriously injured in motorcycle crash

It appeared the motorcycle had been going at a high speed, according to the sheriff’s office.

Police seek man after stabbing and robbery south of Everett

A convenience store clerk was slashed by a knife-wielding man at 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

Man jailed a month after police shooting

He has been under investigation for months on accusations of child molestation.

Man sentenced 24 years for trafficking in child porn

He also admitted sharing the images online while also amassing a digital collection.

Suspect identified in break-in and shooting

He fired one round into a television and more shots when an occupant tried to confront him outside.

Treatment center in north Everett could open in 2020

The 32-bed facility on 10th Street would serve people with addiction and mental illness.

Dad accused of assault which left infant with brain damage

Police say his story — that he tripped on the stairs while carrying her — is full of inconsistencies.

Developer denied more time to submit plans for Woodway project

BSRE Point Wells wants to refine its plans for more than 3,000 units in towers of up to 17 stories.

NOPEYEP, YEPNOPE: We love our personalized license plates

Street Smarts asked you to send in vanity plate finds, and readers did not disappoint.

Most Read