Coast Guard searching for missing boater

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard is searching for a man who fell from a fishing vessel 80 miles west of the mouth of the Columbia River Tuesday.

At 12:39 p.m., Coast Guard Group/Air Astoria, Ore., received a radio call from the fishing vessel Zarhina reporting a man had fallen overboard. The reporting source stated that the boater was wearing an orange rain slick when he was last seen.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Group/Air Station Astoria and a Good Samaritan have responded to search for the man.

Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria is located in Warrenton, Ore., near the mouth of the Columbia River. Members of the unit perform search and rescue, ports, waterways and coastal security, law enforcement, aids to navigation support, environmental protection, and support for other units in the area including Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash.

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