Search Suspended For Fallen Overboard Crewman

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ASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard suspended a search for a person in the water near the Columbia River entrance on the border of Oregon and Washington, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, located in Astoria, received a call from the outbound 591-foot bulk carrier motor-vessel Matisse, reporting a person from the vessel had fallen overboard near the Columbia River entrance wearing a yellow work helmet but no life jacket at approximately 12:50 a.m.

Sector Columbia River launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria and a 47-foot response boat crew from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash.  The crews arrived on scene and searched along with the crew of the Matisse and the crew of the Bar Pilot Vessel Columbia.

Crews continued a rigorous and thorough search throughout the night, recovering from the water a yellow work helmet and a life ring that had been thrown toward the person in the water by a Matisse crewmember.

At 7:30 a.m., the Coast Guard suspended the search for the person in the water.

The approximate conditions in the vicinity of the incident were 11-foot swells, 50 degrees Fahrenheit water and 45 degrees Fahrenheit air temperatures.