Everett rescue personnel peer over the sides of a boat off the beach north of the Mukilteo ferry on Wednesday. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Everett rescue personnel peer over the sides of a boat off the beach north of the Mukilteo ferry on Wednesday. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Hours after search suspended, body washes ashore in Mukilteo

Sophy Math, 44, was reportedly in an inflatable boat that capsized north of the ferry terminal.

MUKILTEO — A Seattle man’s body washed ashore north of the Mukilteo ferry terminal late Wednesday night, about 40 yards from where rescue teams were searching for a boater in distress, according to Everett police.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner identified the man as Sophy L. Math and determined he died from drowning. He worked as an account executive with Angel Oaks Mortgage Solutions in Seattle. He was 44.

Math was in a small inflatable boat that capsized around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Everett officer Kerby Duncan said. Witnesses reported seeing him try to swim to shore before losing sight of him.

The stretch of Puget Sound outside of Edgewater Beach Park became the scene of a large rescue response from Everett, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard. Boats patrolled the water as a helicopter flew overhead. A five-member dive team searched the waters for more than two hours.

Weather made the search more difficult. The sky turned dark, and the air turned cold as rain fell, then light snow. Divers had to deal with low visibility and water that was becoming increasingly choppy, Duncan said.

The search was suspended a little after 5:30 p.m.

Around 11 p.m., police responded to reports that Math’s body had been found.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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