Crabber survives drifting in boat that ran out of fuel

MT. VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A member of the Swimonish Indian Tribal Community reported missing in mid-August is back home after spending several days stranded in a boat that ran out of fuel followed by days detained in Canada. The Skagit Valley Herald reports Michael Smith Jr. set out Aug. 17 intending to prepare for crab fishing the next day around Blaine. He was last seen on the 18-foot (5-meter) skiff south of Lummi Island about 4 p.m. that day. Shortly after that the boat ran out of fuel and Smith drifted into Boundary Bay, a low-traffic body of water near the international border. On Aug. 20, police say Smith reached land and was taken into custody by Canadian authorities.