Coast Guard searching for man who fell from Queen of the West sternwheeler

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard NewsRANIER, Ore. — The Coast Guard is searching for a man who fell from the sternwheeler Queen of the West, Tuesday.

Crewmembers aboard the Queen of the West contacted Coast Guard Sector Columbia River at approximately 1:10 a.m. via Vhf channel 16 to report a male member of their crew had fallen from the stern of the vessel while the boat was moored at a dock in Ranier. Witnesses saw the man surface once before losing sight of him.

A Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., and a 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portland, Ore., were dispatched to search for the man with the assistance of Columbia County marine assets. Coast Guard investigators from Marine Safety Unit Portland have also been notified.

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