China Poot Bay

Malcolm Milne F/V Capt. Cook

The name of the young man who succumbed to hypothermia in the waters off China Poot Bay Wednesday morning has been released. He was 23-year-old Justin Vanderlooven of Eagle River, according to Homer Police Lt. Ryan Browning. Also in the skiff was the man’s father, 54-year-old Scott Vanderlooven, and a third man whose name is still unavailable.
    They were thrown into the icy, glacier-fed waters around 10 a.m. after being swamped and capsized by a current known locally as the China Poot Rip.

    One man is dead after he and two others capsized in a 14-foot aluminum skiff near China Poot Bay Wednesday morning. The three men were recovered from the water a few miles off the Homer Spit by good Samaritan vessels that responded from nearby and the Homer Harbor.
    Skipper Malcolm Milne of the fishing vessel Captain Cook was making a seine set nearby when his crew heard over the VHF radio there were people in the water. He told KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson what happened next.