Coast Guard Searching for Missing Fisherman

WESTPORT, Wash. – Coast Guard rescue crews are searching for a missing 56-year-old fisherman in the Pacific Ocean about eight miles west of the Queets River, Wednesday morning.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia, in Astoria, Ore., received notification via VHF-FM radio from the fishing vessel Senja that a crewmembers had fallen overboard at about 1:30 a.m. The man was reportedly not wearing a lifejacket.
Rescue crews launched from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and Small Boat Station Grays Harbor, in Westport, Wash., aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat.
Current weather conditions in the search area are six-foot waves and five-knot winds, with a water temperature of 48 degrees, Fahrenheit.
The Coast Guard recommends that mariners wear lifejackets at all times while on the water. It is much easier to have a lifejacket on than try to don one during an emergency.


News Director of Jodesha Broadcasting since October 2007. Dave Haviland moved to Grays Harbor in 1979 and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1993.