Search on for man swept from Newport, Oregon jetty

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard, Newport Fire Department and Oregon State Police are searching for a 23-year-old man who was swept from a jetty in Newport, Ore., Sunday.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Newport was escorting a vessel into Newport harbor with a sick passenger on board at 10:42 a.m when they spotted a man waving for them. The man reported he and a friend had been knocked off the south jetty into the water by a wave moments earlier. The man was carried back to shore by the waves, but his friend was missing.

The motor lifeboat crew immediately began searching the nearby water while an HH-65 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport was dispatched to the scene and the Newport Fire Department and the Oregon State Police were notified for assistance with the search.

Searchers have discovered a white hoodie matching the description of one worn by the missing man but no other sign of him.

Weather in Newport is rainy with 10-15 knot winds and 1-12 foot seas.

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