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Pacific Northwest Media Contact: (206) 220-7237

13th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Jan. 16, 2013

D13 Staff PA

Contact: PA2 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.

Rescue crews launched from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., aboard an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter and Small Boat Station Grays Harbor, in Westport, Wash., aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat

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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