Coast Guard helicopter crew recovers fisherman that fell from cliff

ASTORIA, Ore. – A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., attempted to rescue a fisherman who fell from a cliff into the surf today near Ilwaco, Wash.

At 09:35 a.m., the Pacific County 911 Center contacted the Coast Guard to report that a man had fallen into the water near the North Head Lighthouse.

The HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was launched at 09:40 a.m. to search for the man. A 25-foot response boat from Station Cape Disappointment, Wash., was also diverted to assist.

At 10:00 a.m., the helicopter crew hoisted the man from the water and transported him to Air Station Astoria where he was declared dead by a Coast Guard flight surgeon 14 minutes later.

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