Mukilteo crabber missing; his boat was found at Hat Island

Frank Urbick set out Thursday morning but did not return.

Frank Urbick

Frank Urbick

MUKILTEO — A Mukilteo man went missing Thursday while crabbing in the waters north of the city.

Frank Urbick, 65, launched his boat from the 10th Street dock in Everett around sunrise, with a possible target of Mission Beach near the Tulalip Reservation, said Molly Cimball, a family friend.

The U.S. Coast Guard was alerted that he had not returned as scheduled in the afternoon, said Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. Urbick was alone on the vessel.

A cellphone ping led a Coast Guard helicopter to find his 18-foot boat washed ashore on the southwest corner of Hat Island, west of Everett. His wallet, empty crab pots and personal belongings were discovered aboard the cream-colored boat.

Two Coast Guard cutters and the Port Angeles-based helicopter searched through Thursday night, but could not find the missing man on the island or the water. The search continued Friday. It was suspended after 29 hours, the petty officer said.

Local fire departments and tribes had helped to look.

Urbick, a lifelong resident of Snohomish County, goes crabbing a few times a week, Cimball said. He’s not a commercial fisherman, but he’s described as “very, very experienced.” His sonar fish finder was being examined Friday, to see if it could turn up evidence of where he’d gone.

Puget Sound waters were about 48 degrees this week. The Coast Guard stressed that even calm waters can be dangerous.

Urbick’s family urged any crabbers or others who saw him Thursday to call 911. They want to know if someone tipped him off about a place where the crabbing would be good.

Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; chutton@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @snocaleb.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Snohomish County Jail. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
As omicron surges, frustrations and challenges mount in correction facilities

More than 10% of those in state prisons are infected. “We’re kind of in this Twilight Zone cycle,” one prisoner said.

The Washington National Guard arrived Friday at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett to help with a surge of COVID-19 cases at the hospital. (Providence) 20220121
State offers free home tests; National Guard arrives in Everett

Supply is limited at a new online portal, but Washingtonians can now order five free rapid COVID tests.

vote
Ballots sent for special election on public schools’ funding

Levies to pay for staff, programs, computers and capital projects are on the Feb. 8 ballot across Snohomish County.

FILE - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks to reporters, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, during a news conference in Seattle. In a 5-4 decision Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, the Washington Supreme Court upheld an $18 million campaign finance penalty against the Consumer Brands Association, formerly known as the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Ferguson sued the group in 2013, alleging that it spent $11 million to oppose a ballot initiative without registering as a political committee or disclosing the source of the money. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington justices uphold $18M fine in GMO-labeling case

Big grocers funneled dark money into a campaign against genetically modified labels on food packaging.

Closing this bedroom door during an apartment fire in Everett helped contain flames, smoke and carbon monoxide, firefighters say. (Everett Fire Department) 20220120
Crucial move during Everett fire: Closing the bedroom door

Two residents were rescued from a bedroom at the Riverdale Apartments. In all, three were injured.

Judge: Sex abuse of former Marysville student violated law

A woman sued the district last year, accusing a longtime art teacher of sexual abuse in the 1980s.

Police respond in downtown Everett after a man collapsed with a gunshot wound Nov. 27, 2021. He later died. (Caleb Hutton / Herald file)
Everett police continue to investigate November killing

Jerome Burnett, 48, died at the hospital. A suspect fled, according to police.

Connie L. Bigelow at her store Miniatures & More in Edmonds on Tuesday. (Janice Podsada / The Herald)
Woman who lit her own Edmonds doll store on fire gets house arrest

Connie Bigelow, 54, was sentenced Friday in federal court for lighting her business on fire to collect insurance money.

People across Snohomish County share their thoughts on two years of life during the pandemic. 20220123
Anxious, weary, hopeful: How we’re coping with COVID

The pandemic has taken a toll in Snohomish County, where the first U.S. case was confirmed. Here’s a time capsule of life in 2022.

Most Read