Coast Guard continues search for crew of fishing vessel after EPIRB activation

13th Coast Guard District NewsSEATTLE — The Coast Guard continues its search efforts for the crew of a fishing vessel after the vessel’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon was activated at 3:37 a.m., Saturday.

The activated EPIRB from the 70-foot Lady Cecelia, which departed from Warrenton, Ore., led Coast Guard responders to a debris field approximately 17 miles west of Leadbetter Point near Willapa Bay, Wash. A life raft was located near the debris field, but no one was on board.

The Coast Guard responded with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River, as well as two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews from Station Grays Harbor, Wash., and Station Cape Dissapointment, Wash. Additionally, an HC-130H Hercules aircraft crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, Calif., and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., responded.

The USCGC Fir, homeported in Astoria, Ore., is on scene and will search throughout the night.

The Coast Guard units have conducted multiple search patterns in an area of more than 640 square miles.

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