Woman found unconscious after fishing boat sinks off Florence, crews search for another person | News

FLORENCE, Ore. — U.S. Coast Guard officials say a woman was found unconscious with her face in the water about 35 miles off the coast of Florence on Saturday.

Officials said she was found between midnight and 3 a.m. Saturday morning. They have not confirmed whether she is deceased or not.

Crews continue to search for another person identified as 68-year-old Mike Morgan.

They said he is the captain of a 32ft fishing boat which sank on Saturday morning.

Officials said the North Bend Sector Coastguard received a distress call at around 12am from Morgan that his vessel was sinking at the northern end of the Heceta Banks fishing area.

Morgan reportedly told officials that a female crew member was also on board the vessel.

Crews from the 87ft Coast Guard Cutter Orcas, a helicopter crew from Sector North Bend and a 47ft motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Umpqua River are currently searching for Morgan. That search is expected to continue until around 10 p.m. Saturday or until he is found. Officials said after 10 p.m. a decision on whether to continue the search in the morning would be made.

A member of Morgan’s family tells KEZI that he had been fishing for 50 years and spent many hours on the boat.

Mike Morgan off the dock

He owned a charter service, was a dedicated charter captain, and for the past 15 years has sold tuna on the docks, according to the family member.

The public is encouraged to contact the North Bend Sector Command Center at 541-756-9210 if anyone has any information.

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Brandon D. James