Woman found dead in a submerged car at Blaine boat launch

A woman was pronounced dead at the scene after she was found inside her completely submerged car Sunday morning at the Blaine boat launch, Blaine police said.

Officers responded at 7:20 a.m. Sunday to reports of the submerged vehicle at the boat launch, Sgt. Bret Greene told The Bellingham Herald.

A diver from Whatcom County Search and Rescue was called, Greene said, and the vehicle was pulled from the water.

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue crews were on hand and ready to perform live-saving measures, Greene said, but the woman was dead. Chief Joe Noonchester told The Herald the vehicle was found approximately 10 feet under water.

Greene said Blaine police are actively investigating how the woman and her car ended up in the water and are awaiting autopsy results from the Whatcom County Medical Examiner.

No information on the woman’s identity was available.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.