Coast Guard searches for missing boater

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard was searching waters off Whatcom and Skagit counties for man reported missing between La Conner and Blaine. Missing is 39-year-old Michael Smith, who was last seen in an 18-foot teal and white skiff. Smith was supposed to arrive in Blaine by sunset Monday. Smith reportedly left La Conner at approximately 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound were notified by a family member at 1:30 p.m. that Smith was overdue and an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued.