REPORT: Witnesses Say Wave Threw Boat Into Rocks, Killing Woman

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A woman from Sitka, Alaska, died Sunday morning after her boat capsized from a wave that pushed it into a rock.

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer pulled Deanna Moore, 51, out of the water after a vessel capsized in the Keyhole by Three Entrance Bay at 8:25 a.m., according to a press release from the Sitka Police Department. The United States Coast Guard Helio transported Moore to Mount Edgecumbe Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. (RELATED: First Responders Rescue Alaska Man Who Got Stuck In Huge Pile Of Mud)

“Witness account states the vessel had been hit by a wave, pushing it into a rock, where another wave overtook the vessel, further pushing it into the rocks and shore, sinking the back and of the vessel,” police wrote.

An emergency response vessel that was already traveling to a separate incident went toward the capsized vessel and arrived around 9 a.m. A good Samaritan boat nearby pulled a 42-year-old Roger Hames and 56-year-old Jay Stilwall out of the water, and a police boat took them to the Mount Edgecumbe Medical Center, according to the police statement.

Moore was a counselor and advocate at Sitkans Against Family Violence and Sitka Counseling, KTOO reported. She had shared her perspectives in a panel discussion on KCAW’s Talk of Southeast Alaska in October 2020.