Coast Guard searching for boater from overturned vessel in Willapa Bay, Wash.

USCG file photo

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard is searching for a boater after their vessel was reported overturned in Willapa Bay, Wash., just south of Grays Harbor, Wash., Saturday.

Pacific County 911 dispatch received a call from one of two boaters at approximately 11 a.m., reporting that their vessel had overturned and both men were in the water without lifejackets.

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to the area. Once on scene, the helicopter crew located and hoisted one of the boaters, who was unresponsive. The second boater was not located in the area. The unresponsive boater was rushed to Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend, Wash. The on-scene water temperature at the time of the incident was 45 degrees.

The Jayhawk crew, along with a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and a 25-foot response boat crew from Station Grays Harbor, continues to search for the second boater. A small field of debris has been spotted at the mouth of Willapa Bay.

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