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

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard NewsSEATTLE — The Coast Guard suspended its search at 8:35 a.m. for the man who fell from the sternwheeler Queen of the West on the Columbia River near Ranier, Ore., Tuesday.

The Coast Guard, Columbia County marine assets, and the crew of the tug boat Maverick searched approximately 10 square miles for a combined six hours.

The Coast Guard suspends a search and rescue case with extremely great care and deliberation. Only after a probable search area is saturated with the appropriate number of assets and resources, as well as maximum crew effort, and persons in distress are still not located, a decision is made to suspend a case.

The Coast Guard can resume a search if credible information is received that persons reported missing have survived.

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