Coast Guard searching for man who saved 3-year-old in Cowlitz River near Kelso, Ore.

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard is searching for a Good Samaritan who disappeared in the Cowlitz River near Kelso, Ore., after saving a three-year-old girl Friday.

Cowlitz County Dispatch contacted Coast Guard Sector Portland, Ore., at approximately 3 p.m. after they received a report of a person in the water.

The Good Samaritan went into the water after seeing the child in distress. He was last seen after he handed the girl off to a group of people once he got near the shore. It was reported that the Good Samaritan never made it to shore. There were no reports of injuries to the child.

Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria launched an MH-60 rescue helicopter crew to search the area. Also assisting in the search are crews from the Cowlitz County Dispatch Dive Team, Fire and Rescue Team and the Kelso Police Department.

The Good Samaritan was described as a Caucasian male, 30’s, red hair, wearing blue and white swimming trunks with a white t-shirt. Anyone with information regarding the Good Samaritan should contact Cowlitz County Dispatch at (360) 577-3090.

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