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Cook Overboard in Oregon

On August 7, at 8:55 a.m., the Coast Guard suspended its search for a man, later identified as Andre Staples of Birmingham, Alabama who was a cook on the sternwheeler, who had fallen from the stern of QUEEN OF THE WEST. The 221-foot sternwheeler, which runs cruises along the Columbia River, was at dock in Rainier, Oregon, when the loss occurred. According to reports, witnesses saw him once in the water before losing sight of him.

The Coast Guard was alerted shortly after 1:00 a.m. on August 7, and conducted a search by helicopter and boat, covering approximately ten square miles, along with Columbia County marine assets and the crew of T/V MAVERICK, before suspending the search.

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