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Empty canoe spotted near Purdy bridge

Key Peninsula firefighters, along with Gig Harbor Fire Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Tacoma Fire Department, and the Washington State Patrol, were called to the Purdy spit along Henderson Bay late Friday morning to search for anyone who might have been in an empty canoe that was found floating nearby.
Key Peninsula firefighters, along with Gig Harbor Fire Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Tacoma Fire Department, and the Washington State Patrol, were called to the Purdy spit along Henderson Bay late Friday morning to search for anyone who might have been in an empty canoe that was found floating nearby. Staff photographer

An empty canoe was found drifting near Purdy bridge Friday, prompting a search by water rescue crews to see whether any boaters were in danger, according to Key Peninsula Fire.

Someone spotted the canoe about 9:45 a.m. in Henderson Bay.

“There are strong winds out there and we’re hoping it blew off a dock or beach,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Water crews from Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One and West Pierce Fire searched for anyone in the water about 11 a.m. No one was found.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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