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Missing tribal fisherman found safe on Canadian shore

Amid a global pandemic that has caused much pain and anxiety, Swinomish Tribal Community members are celebrating a local miracle.

Michael Smith, Jr., who had gone missing and at one point was presumed drowned, had left La Conner to deliver crabbing gear in Blaine Monday, Aug. 17. He was found alive Thursday by Canadian authorities.

“Michael Smith has been located safe in Delta, B.C.,” Swinomish Tribal Police said in a Aug. 20 statement. “Thank you to all who have assisted in the search. Such great news for Swinomish.”

Smith, 39, had drifted into Canadian waters after the 18-foot teal and white...


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