Westport business leader, and Ocean Companies co-owner Dennis Rydman passes away

Ocean Companies co-owner Dennis Rydman passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning. Westport Mayor Michael Bruce said this morning “Dennis Rydman will be greatly missed. He was a strong driving force in Westport taking business risks, growing Ocean Gold into Ocean Companies providing jobs for Westport and the Grays Harbor community.”
The Rydman family has been supporting and growing the fishing industry in Westport for generations. The Ocean Companies website says that Dennis owned and operated 20 different vessels that have ranged from 30 to 200 feet and been manned by crews as large as 36. He’s had as many as 150 people employed on the ocean fishing for him at any given time, and more than 600 employed on land.


Ocean Companies released the following statement on the passing of Rydman

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Dennis Rydman, the President and CEO of Ocean Gold Seafoods Inc.

Dennis was a lifelong fisherman, father, grandfather, and the patriarch of the Rydman family. He was a strong supporter of the Westport Washington area and a friend to the coastal fishing communities in the Pacific Northwest.  Dennis was passionate about his family, his company, his friends, and the commercial fishing industry. His presence will be sorely missed.

Ocean Gold Seafoods Inc., a commercial industry leader, will continue in the strong tradition that was Dennis’ legacy.

We would like to express our deepest condolences to his wife Jacquelyn Rydman; his sons Mark, Eric and Ross, as well as his precious grandkids and the entire Rydman family.

The Ocean Gold Team has suffered a tremendous loss.

Active Shooter Training at Miller Junior High School in Aberdeen – just a drill

Police will storm Miller Junior High School in Aberdeen this weekend, over and over again. It’s part of Active Shooter Training for local departments. Aberdeen Police Captain John Green tells us his department, in conjunction with the Aberdeen Fire Department and numerous other Law Enforcement and Fire Agencies within Grays Harbor, is conducting a multi-agency Active Shooter Training Drill will be held at Miller Jr. Hi the morning of November 1st.

This training drill is the second in a series of events planned by local law enforcement and fire departments to test and evaluate our joint response to active shooter type incidents. The November 1st drill has been in the planning phase for over two months.

The drill is expected to last a total of five hours and involves the following agencies.

Aberdeen Police Department

Aberdeen Fire Department

Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office

Hoquiam Police Department

Hoquiam Fire Department

Grays Harbor Fire District 2

Grays Harbor Communications (911)

Grays Harbor Community Hospital

Aberdeen School District

Wreck South of Cosmopolis sends two to hospital

Driving too fast for conditions was the cause of a wreck South of Cosmopolis yesterday. The Washington State Patrol reports that just after 11 Sunday morning a 54 year old Hoquiam man lost control of his 1997 Toyota Pickup on a corner and slid into an oncoming 2011 Ford F250 that was towing a 24 foot 5th wheel camper trailer. Trooper Richardson said both the driver of the pickup, and his passenger, a 41 year old Humptulips man, were injured and transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen with undisclosed injuries. The Toyota was listed as totaled, both vehicles and the camper were towed from the scene.


Bigfoot sighted chasing cars in Aberdeen

A reported Sasquatch sighting last night in Aberdeen turned out to be someone in a costume jumping out of bushes on Basich Boulevard behind Grays Harbor Community Hospital. Corporal Steve Timmons with the Aberdeen Police Department tells KBKW a woman reported that around 10 last night a bigfoot jumped out of the bushes and chased after her car as she drove away. Police searched the area but were unable to locate a Sasquatch, or a man in a costume.

Passed out Ocean Shores visitor gets mouth-to-mouth, falls off of balcony

Too much alcohol and some bad luck lead to a rough Saturday for a 34-year old Everett man visiting Ocean Shores.

At about 2pm on Saturday the 6th, the Ocean Shores Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to a report of a man down on the beach at the Chance ala Mer beach approach. The caller reported that the man was unconscious and they were unable to rouse him.

Believing that the man had stopped breathing, one of the bystanders started performing CPR. This woke the man up and he leapt to his feet and ran into the surf. An Ocean Shores Police Officer was able to coax the man out of the water, and he was then checked out and released by paramedics. The man was highly intoxicated, but otherwise uninjured.

The officer gave the man a ride to his motel in Ocean Shores and left him in the care of his girlfriend.

Just two minutes later, the girlfriend called 911 to report that the man had fallen off the second-story balcony of their motel room. He was found unconscious, face down in the grass behind the motel. Witnesses at the scene confirmed that the man was alone on the balcony when he fell.

He was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital by ambulance.

One injured, one cited in Grays Harbor Transit bus accident North of Hoquiam

The Washington State Patrol responded to a transit bus off the road on State Route 109 about 25 miles North of Hoquiam this morning. Sources tell us one person was injured, the bus only had a few people on it at the time.
A 46 year old Pacific Beach man, was not injured, while a 14 year old young man was injured and transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen.
General Manager Ken Mehan at Grays Harbor Transit tells us their insurance company is investigating. The bus driver was not injured, and no delays in service are expected.
The Washington State Patrol reports the Southbound transit drifted off the roadway to the right, over corrected to the left, then left the roadway on the Northbound side, coming to rest in the trees. The report also states that the cause was inattention, and the driver was cited for “wheels off the roadway”

Quinault Elders in Aberdeen traffic accident Tuesday

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — A tribal spokesman says eight Quinault Indian Nation tribal elders and staff members have been injured in a traffic crash in Aberdeen.

Spokesman Steve Robinson says the Quinault group was headed to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday morning when their van collided with a pickup truck. Robinson says two elders were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, one with a broken pelvis and the other with a broken pelvis and broken ribs. Other injuries in the crash included broken bones, bumps and bruises.

None of the injuries was considered critical.

The crash caused the van to flip over. Robinson says the two people in the pickup were not seriously hurt.

“The truck just came out of nowhere,” one of the victims said. The accident put an abrupt end to the elders’ plans to attend a conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Upon hearing of the accident, tribal staff rushed to provide support.
“This was a terrible accident,” said Tribal Councilman Larry Ralston. “The Tribe and the families will take every precaution with our elders and provide all the support we can to help nurse them back to health. I just wish people would slow down and be more cautious,” he said. Preliminary indications are that the pickup truck ran a red light when it crashed into the tribal van. The accident is being investigated by local authorities.
Among other things, the Tribe is setting up grief counseling, as a precaution, for the seniors and their families.
“Our hearts go out to the victims of this terrible accident,” said Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Nation. “We do all we can to keep our seniors safe. They are very precious to us. We extend our gratitude to the local police, Harborview, and Grays Harbor Community Hospital and all other emergency services personnel who rendered aid in this morning’s emergency.”
The names of the victims were withheld until consent to publish them is provided.

Spanaway couple narrowly avoid rip current in Ocean Shores

A husband and wife from Spanaway barely made it out of the water after being caught in a rip current on the beach at Ocean Shores.

At 12:52pm on Monday, a caller reported to the 911 Center that a man was screaming for help in the surf near the Chance ala Mer beach approach.

When the Police and Fire units arrived on scene at 12:57pm, the 44-year old male victim was on the beach but having difficulty breathing. He said that his wife had been caught in a rip current and he went to help her, but got caught himself. His 43-year old wife was still in the surf, about 300 feet off shore and beyond the breakers.

A 29-year old man from Lynnwood used his boogie board to reach the woman and bring her close to shore. They were met by Paramedics who helped get the woman into an ambulance.

Both victims were treated on scene for exhaustion and ingesting seawater, and were then transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

Homemade explosive device injures 3 South Aberdeen residents

A homemade explosive device sent three to the hospital Monday afternoon, Detective Sergeant Art Laur tells us at about 6:22pm, they received information from staff at the Grays Harbor Community Hospital that a 26 year-old man and 21 year- old woman were being treated for burns related to a small explosion. A third victim, a 4 year-old female, was mentioned as also injured in the explosion but was not currently at the hospital. Aberdeen Officers responded to a residence located in the 1600 Block of Coolidge road in an effort to locate the child.

When the officers arrived at the residence they observed a roll of toilet paper smoking on the pavement behind the house. Also noted in the area was a severely chard women’s tank top. While at the residence, it was discovered that the 4 year-old child was now at the hospital having her injuries attended to.

Aberdeen Police Detectives were called to the location and soon determined that the 26 year- old male had been at the residence with his 21 year-old girlfriend and 4 year-old niece. He had placed the toilet paper roll on the ground and poured black powder on top of it. He then lit a fuse which he had attached to the paper, causing the powder to smoke and flash. He then attempted this act again but when he poured the black powder on top, it exploded.

The male received burns to his left hand and leg. The 21 year-old female received burns to both legs, abdomen, and left arm. The 4 year-old child received burns to her upper chest and shoulder area. The 21 year-old female and 4 year-old child were transported by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center with non life threatening injuries. The 21 year-old male was taken to the same location by a family member. Both females remain at Harborview in satisfactory condition. The male was treated and released.

The investigation is on going.


Three vehicle accident North of Hoquiam sends Four to hospital

A three vehicle accident North of Hoquiam yesterday sent four people to the hospital and blocked the road for hours. The Washington State Patrol reports a 38 year old Hoquiam man was Southbound on State Route 109 when his 94 Chevy Suburban crossed the center line and collided with two Northbound vehicles around 4:30 Thursday. Three 58-year-old Tonasket women in a 2005 Ford Escape were injured. An Italian couple in a 2014 Hyundai Sonata were also involved, but not injured.
All four were transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen with undisclosed injuries. The driver of the Suburban was cited for Negligent Driving in the 2nd Degree.