The body of a 77-year-old Tacoma man recovered from the waters of Hood Canal Thursday afternoon, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
The Kitsap County Coroner has identified the man as Douglas William Gant after he was reported missing from a resident earlier that morning when his rowboat drifted on the canal. The on-scene sheriff’s watch sergeant requested a Coast Guard helicopter to provide an overhead airborne search of the Hood Canal.
Gant’s family advised authorities that he would use the rowboat to row out to his larger boat, which was moored to an off-shore buoy. Patrol vessels from Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Mason County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to search the waters to recover Gant’s body.
After 2 p.m., the incident commander was advised of a body seen floating in the canal by civilians aboard a sailboat that had been passing through. CKFR and JCSO recovered Gant and returned him to the boat launch where he was handed over to the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy will be conducted Monday to determine the cause and manner of death.
KCSO does not suspect any criminal actions were involved in Gant’s death.