Coast Guard searching near Yaquina Bay after mother throws child off bridge

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WARRENTON, Ore. — Coast Guard, Yaquina Bay Fire Department and Yaquina Bay Police Department personnel are searching for a 6-year-old boy reportedly thrown from the Yaquina Bay Bridge Monday night.

“The Coast Guard is bringing multiple assets to bear in an effort to locate this boy reportedly thrown from the bridge,” said Capt. Michael Trimpert, commander, Coast Guard Sector North Bend. “We are working closely with our partners to ensure a timely, efficient and thorough search of the target area.”

A Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew are assisting local responders. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport, airborne on a training flight, was also diverted to the search. Responders are concentrating their search around the bay.

Sector North Bend Watchstanders received the request for assistance from the Newport Police Departmentat 6:37 p.m. The request followed a report the police received from a woman who stated she had thrown her child from the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

The woman has reportedly been taken into custody by the police and the Yaquina Bay Bridge, briefly closed to traffic, has been reopened. Anyone with information or sightings of a 6-year-old boy in the vicinity of the bridge or are asked to contact the local police via 911 or Coast Guard Sector North Bend at 541-756-9210.

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