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Overdue fisherman offshore – update

Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing fisherman after the fisherman contacted the Coast Guard and confirmed he was safe and headed back to Westport.

The Coast Guard has recalled assets involved in the search, which included the crews of Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat homeported in Port Angeles, the Coast Guard Cutter Alert, a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Warrenton, Oregon, a Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion aircrew from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and a CC-115 Buffalo aircraft from the Royal Canadian 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Comox, British Columbia.

The fisherman received the Urgent Marine Information Broadcast Coast Guard Sector Columbia River personnel were transmitting over VHF-FM channel 16 and contacted them around 10:35 a.m. when he was 30 miles offshore of Westport.

Coast Guard personnel are looking for a fisherman after receiving a report he was overdue from a week-long fishing trip offshore the Washington coast, Wednesday.

The Coast Guard has diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat homeported in Port Angeles, and has the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert, a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Warrenton, Ore., en route to conduct searches and call out for the vessel.

A Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion aircrew, from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, found a possible vessel matching the description  182 miles offshore of Tillamook Head, Ore.,  while making call outs and conducting radar searches, and the crew of the Alert is en route to confirm.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew out of Air Station Astoria, Ore., and an HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Air Station Sacramento, Cali., are schedule to launch at first light to aid in the search as well. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received the report around 7:50 p.m. from Station Grays Harbor personnel after the fisherman’s wife initially contacted the station.

The fisherman was last seen fishing for Albacore on his 59-foot vessel the Pacific Rim about 75 miles northwest of Grays Harbor, Wash., Oct. 15, 2015.

“If there is anyone that has additional information regarding the fisherman or the fishing vessel Pacific Rims whereabouts, please contact the Coast Guard at 503-861-6211,” said Petty Officer 1st Class John Bennett, operations unit controller at Sector Columbia River. “We treat every report seriously as every minute counts in this environment.”

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