Coast Guard suspends search for missing girl near Cape Kiwanda, Ore.

60 AstoriaWARRENTON, Ore. – The Coast Guard suspended the search at 10:36 a.m. for a 17-year-old girl who reportedly fell off a cliff and into the water at Cape Kiwanda Tuesday.

“Despite our best efforts and an exhaustive multi-agency search, we were unable to locate the missing girl,” said Mr. Greg Merten, operations unit controller at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. “Our deepest condolences go out to the loved ones affected by this terrible tragedy.”

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay spent more than 19 hours searching, traveling 426 miles while covering more than 72 square miles.

The initial report can be found here

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