On August 7, at 8:55 a.m., the Coast Guard suspended its search for a man who had fallen from the stern of QUEEN OF THE WEST, a sternwheeler, which cruises along the Columbia River, was at dock in Rainier, Oregon, when the tragedy 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.
UPDATE 8/8/12 The man who fell overboard has been identified as Andre Staples of Birmingham, Alabama. He was a cook on the sternwheeler.