Man in kayak without life jacket drowns

A 50-year-old man died July 1 after officials say he drowned after his kayak overturned while he was crabbing in Seabeck.

A Marine Unit from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene after the kayak flipped, and the man became entangled in a rope attached to a crab pot. Police say he was attempting to put a life jacket on but was hampered when it too was caught in the rope.

Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue was also called to the scene. The man was pulled from the water. He died at the scene.

KCSO issued a reminder to the public that a life jacket or personal flotation device should be worn when on the water in smaller personal crafts and vessels. “Life jackets must be onboard and easily accessible for each person aboard larger boats,” officials said.