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Man's death ruled accidental drowning

A Clinton man found dead in Cultus Bay last week was the victim of an accidental drowning.

John "Ed" Holm, 83, drowned Feb. 4 off a Sandy Hook dock.

Island County Coroner Robert Bishop said this week that he has determined that Holm's death was accidental.

He said Holm had been under water for approximately an hour when Island County sheriff's deputies and Fire District 3 personnel were called to the scene.

"It wasn't a long time," Bishop said.

According to Russ Lindner, chief of investigations for the sheriff's office, Holm's wife, Louise, called 911 to report her husband missing.

Lindner said Holm had gone to the dock about 11 a.m. that day to work on his boat. He said Louise Holm suspected something might be wrong when she noticed her husband's truck parked by the dock and his fishing boat still tied to the dock.

Lindner said neighbors who were looking for Holm found his body. They were unable to pull it from the water and called 911.

Holm had been seriously injured in a one-car accident eight months earlier. On June 12, 2002, Holm totaled his 1990 Ford Crown Victoria when he struck a tree on Cultus Bay Road.

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