MAN DIES WITH FISH ON LINE

September 01, 2000 11:00 pm

A Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., man died Thursday with a salmon on his line when fishing near Goat Island.

Tom Garrett, 75, and a friend were fishing on Gibs Girl when Garrett suffered an apparent heart attack. Flat Broke, a pleasure craft in the area, sent out a call over the C.B. to the Brookings Coast Guard Station at 10:45 a.m.

The Coast Guard launched a 47-foot life boat one minute later. A Humboldt Bay Coast Guard Station helicopter was in the area and flew near the vessel.

The boat arrived at 11:05 a.m. shortly after the helicopter. Two seaman got on board Gibs Girl.

A litter was dropped to the vessel and Garrett was loaded by the two seaman, said Boatswain Mate Chief Mike Lewis, who assisted in the effort.

Triplicate reporter Scott Graves was on board the helicopter and assisted aviation mechanic Issac Saenz in giving CPR to Garrett.

Bill Frisch, a guide, was fishing from his boat, the Big Balz, in the vicinity. He passed his nitroglycerine tablets to the boat, but apparently Garrett was already dead.

Witnesses said he had a fish on the line.

The helicopter flew to the Crescent City airport where an ambulance was waiting for Garrett.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at Sutter Coast Hospital, officials said.

Garretts family extended a thank you to everyone who helped.