Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater

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ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard suspended the search for a boater who went missing after the vessel he was on capsized in Willapa Bay, Wash., south of Grays Harbor, Wash., Saturday.

The search for the boater was suspended at 5:59 p.m. after both air and surface rescue crews conducted an extensive six hour search.

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 boater was taken to Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend, Wash. The on-scene water temperature at the time of the incident was 45 degrees.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners that accidents on the water can happen quickly. Lifejackets should be worn at all times as a proactive safety measure.

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