Dead canoeist identified, second body found

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A second body washed ashore on the Lummi Peninsula on Wednesday in the same area where three canoeists disappeared on April 29th.

Also today, the Whatcom County medical examiner's office identified a body discovered yesterday on the tide flats as 30-year-old Christopher Gust. The Whatcom County sheriff's office says Gust's cause of death is presumed to be drowning.

The second body was discovered about 12:30 p.m. on a sandbar about 200 feet from shore on the north side of Portage Island. The medical examiner's office says it will attempt to identify the second body tomorrow.

Gust and two other Lummi Reservation residents disappeared after they apparently took a predawn canoe ride near the southern end of the peninsula. The other missing people are 44-year-old Guy Nutter and 31-year-old Bonnie Robinson.