CHINOOK-Saturday at about noon Dickie Greenfield aboard the Garde Marie discovered a dead body floating in the Pacific about eight miles west of Leadbetter Point. The United States Coast Guard dispatched a 47-foot motor lifeboat to the scene to retrieve the body.
According to Officer of the Day, Petty Officer Scott McGraw, there were known missing persons in the area. Pacific County Coroner Vicky Flementis said she knew of no missing persons in either Pacific or Grays Harbor.
Greenfield said the person appeared to be a male and was wearing cover alls with a flotation device around the neck. A boot on the body did not look like the kind typically worn in our area according to Greenfield. He speculated that that type of clothing is often worn by crew members of passing ships.
The body was taken to Penttila's Chapel by the Sea where further investigation into the identity will continue.
Greenfield and his crew, who had been crabbing when the gruesome discovery was made, were required to stay by the body until the USCG cutter could arrive. The Garde Marie drifted further north during the hour and a half it took for the USCG to arrive and secure the body on board.
A harrowing ride home then awaited Greenfield as he said he fought 50 mile per hour sustained winds and much higher gusts later Saturday afternoon and evening. The crew reached the safety of Chinook harbor about 9 p.m. Saturday night after a trip they won't soon forget.