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Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Fisherman (PHOTOS)

Coast Guard crews and local agencies searched for a 65-year old man who was reported overdue from a fishing trip.

An overturned skiff found by the Coast Guard while conducting a search for a missing boater near Nehalem, Ore., Friday, Oct. 9, 2009.
A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay, Ore., approaches an overturned skiff found while conducting a search for a missing boater near Nehalem, Ore., Friday, Oct. 9, 2009. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard crews from Station Tillamook Bay and Air Station Astoria, Ore., along with local agencies searched for the 65-year-old man who was reported overdue from a fishing trip.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Eggert.

(ASTORIA, Ore.) - The Coast Guard suspended the search for an overdue 65-year-old fisherman who was reported missing in Oregon's Nehalem Bay Friday.

The Coast Guard searched for the fisherman approximately five hours before suspending the search pending any new information that would assist in locating the man.

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria initially received a report from the Tillamook County, Ore., Sheriff’s Office of an overdue fisherman who was last seen fishing in Nehalem Bay Thursday.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria launched to the area and discovered an overturned 12-foot skiff matching the size and description of the overdue vessel approximately two miles from the opening of Nehalem Bay.

Boat and land crews from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay, Ore., and Nehalem, Ore., Manzanita, Ore., and Rockaway Beach, Ore., fire departments and an Oregon State Police plane crew, also assisted in the search.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the missing fisherman should contact the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office at (503) 842-2561 or Coast Guard Air Station Astoria at (503) 861-6211.

Below: Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class O’Brien Hollow of Air Station Astoria approaches an overturned skiff found while conducting a search for a missing boater near Nehalem, Ore., Friday, Oct. 9, 2009.




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