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WA Police Officer Missing, Presumed Dead After Rogue Wave Capsizes Boat

WA Police Officer Missing, Presumed Dead After Rogue Wave Capsizes Boat

by Sonny CrockettNovember 18, 2020

Everett, WA. – The search continues for a 29-year-old Tulalip Police Department officer who fell into the water after a rogue wave capisized the boat he was on at around 9pm Tuesday. Police say he is presumed dead.

Two officers were using a Tulalip Police Department Fisheries patrol boat in an attempt to rescue a vessel near Jetty Island when a rogue wave capsized it, throwing both officers into the water.

The missing officer has been identified as 29-year-old Charlie Cortez, a three year department member.

Officer Charlie Cortez

The second officer was rescued and treated for hypothermia.

“We haven’t given up hope, we’re praying for a miracle, but we’re also realistic of how dangerous these waters are and how frigid they are,” Sutter said.

The Coast Guard is assisting in the search. The water’s temperature is an estimated 50 degrees.

Chief Sutter’s Latest Briefing


“Charlie was a wonderful man and officer,” said Sutter. “We are devastated by this loss. Tulalip Fish and Wildlife are often called upon to conduct searches such as this one. I know Charlie would have been there for you, and I can’t say thank you enough to the many individuals and agencies that came together to be there for him. The search for our missing officer will continue until he is brought home.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Officer Cortez’s family, department, and community.


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