Search suspended for man near Simpson Beach

SEATTLE — The search for a man in the water near Simpson Beach just south of Coos Bay, Ore., was suspended at 6:50 p.m. Saturday.

Members of the Coast Guard and Coos Bay Fire Department scoured the area by foot, boat and helicopter for four hours before suspending the search.

A Good Samaritan notified Coast Guard Group North Bend, Ore., of two persons in the water at approximately 2:40 p.m. Coos Bay Fire Department crews reported they had recovered an unresponsive six-year-old boy from the water and were searching for the second person.

An HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Group North Bend airlifted the boy from the beach to an awaiting ambulance at Shore Acres State Park.

The Coast Guard reminds the public that the Pacific Northwest coast shorelines are extremely dangerous during seasonal changes. Check your local weather and tide information before heading to the beach. Be aware of sneaker waves that can appear without warning, often surging high up on the beach with deadly force and are impossible to predict.

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