Coast Guard searching for three missing fishermen

SEATTLE – Coast Guard Sector Portland is responding to a report of three missing fishermen in the vicinity of Stevenson, Wash., approximately 30 miles east of Vancouver, Wash., today.

Sector Portland received a call at noon from the Skamania County Sheriff reporting three men missing.

The three men, from the Warm Springs Tribe, left Tuesday and were scheduled to return at 8 a.m. today.

A capsized unregistered tribal vessel, matching the description of the missing vessel, has been found in shallow water by mile marker 155 near Stevenson, on the Columbia River.

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria launched an HH-60C Jayhawk helicopter crew along with a 25-foot search and rescue boat crew from Station Portland.

A commercial tugboat is heading to the capsized vessel and is expected to arrive later this afternoon.
If anyone has any information regarding the missing fishermen please contact Coast Guard Sector Portland at (503) 240-9301.

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