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Water accident victim mourned

The island barista died in a water collision off Bainbridge.

A Bremerton woman who worked as a barista on the island was killed in a boating accident Sunday in the waters off Bainbridge.

Jeanette Bayne, 42, died in a waterborne collision in Port Orchard Narrows near Brownsville Marina off the western shores of the island.

Bayne, known as Jeanette McClister before her recent marriage, was killed when the Kawasaki Jet Ski on which she was riding collided with a 16-foot Sea Ray outboard boat, according Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Bayne was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, 47-year-old Charles Bayne, was driving the Jet Ski at the time of the accident. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where on Monday he was listed in critical condition.

The Jet Ski and power boat were running parallel to one another on a northerly course when the smaller vessel crossed from right to left, across the bow of the Sea Ray, and was run over.

The driver of the power boat pulled the couple from the water and administered CPR to both. The 53-year-old East Bremerton man, who knew the victims, was able to resuscitate Charles Bayne, but was unable to gain a pulse on his wife.

The Bainbridge marine unit was first on the scene after the accident, Deputy Police Chief Mark Duncan said.

The manner of death was listed as accidental, according to the Kitsap County Coroner.

Following word of her passing, Bayne’s friends and co-workers at Starbuck’s in the Bainbridge Island Safeway created a memorial with pictures and flowers.

“We’re all devastated,” said Cheryl Sageser, Bayne’s manager. “Outstanding person. Customers loved her. She always had good things to say and was never negative.”

Sageser said Bayne had been with Safeway for several years before transferring to the Bainbridge store about eight months ago.

Bayne had just been married three weeks ago and was looking forward to starting a new life with her husband.

Safeway employees plan to start a fund for Bayne’s two children, Sageser said.

“Jeanette was a unique person,” she said. “She was quirky and marched to the beat of her own drum, but everybody loved her.”

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