13th District Pacific Northwest Public Affairs
January 16, 2013
U.S. Coast Guard 13th District External Affairs
Contact: Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener
Office: (206) 220-7237
News Release: Coast Guard searching for missing fisherman near Queets River, Wash.
SEATTLE — Coast Guard rescue crews are searching for a missing 56-year-old fisherman in the Pacific Ocean about eight miles west of the Queets River, Wednesday morning.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Astoria, Ore., received notification via VHF-FM radio from the fishing vessel Sanja that a crewmember had fallen overboard at about 1:30 a.m.
The man was reportedly not wearing a lifejacket.
Current weather conditions in the search area are six-foot waves and five-knot winds, with a water temperature of 48 degrees, Fahrenheit.
The Coast Guard recommends that mariners wear lifejackets at all times while on the water. It is much easier to have a lifejacket on than to try to don one during an emergency.
For more information contact the 13th Coast Guard District External Affairs Office at (206) 220-7237.
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