Boat collision in Tacoma’s Commencement Bay leaves 1 missing, 1 arrested

Police arrested one person, another went missing and two were hospitalized after a Fourth of July boat crash near Point Defiance Park.

A boat with four people on it crashed into one with two people on board about 11 p.m., according to the Coast Guard.

That capsized the boat carrying four people, sending all of them into the water without life vests, including a 47-year-old man who remained missing Sunday.

The others were picked up by rescue boats, which were there about six minutes after the crash, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Emergency crews took the two people in the other boat to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for their injuries, and arrested the driver of the four-person boat after the alcohol-related crash, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener said.

The News Tribune does not generally name suspects until they have been charged with a crime.

The pair taken to Harborview had significant injuries, but Cool said she was not told if the injuries were life-threatening.

One of the boats was a 22-foot Wellcraft, and the other was a 17 foot Hewescraft aluminum boat, but Cool said she wasn’t sure which had capsized.

Crews searched 35 square miles overnight, trying to find the missing person, and finally suspended their search at 1 p.m.

It can start again “if we do get credible information that the individual is alive,” Degener said.

The Coast Guard searched with an 87-foot patrol boat from Port Angeles, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Port Angeles, and a 45-foot response boat from Seattle.