Coast Guard suspends search for man overboard in the Columbia River

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man who fell overboard from his sailing vessel, near Kelley, Ore., at approximately 10 p.m., Sunday.

Coast Guard MH-60 helicopterAn MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew, from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, Ilwaco, Wash., worked with a Kelly Fire Department rescue vessel and Wahkiakum County Sheriff vessel searching the area for over four hours.

Coast Guard vessels and aircraft have suspended the search pending further developments.

The 46-year-old male was on board the 65-foot sailing vessel Bad Dog when he fell overboard into the Columbia River at approximately 4 p.m., Sunday. The three remaining people on board reported that he was not wearing a life jacket.

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