Ore. fisherman missing in Multnomah Channel

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A search is set to resume for a missing Oregon fisherman on the Multnomah Channel between the Columbia and Willamette rivers in the Portland area.

KPTV in Portland reports that 51-year-old Jeffrey Ferguson of Cornelius went fishing Friday from the Scappoose Bay Marina.

He was reported missing Saturday by his family, about the same time Columbia County sheriff’s deputies found his empty 16-foot fishing boat near Coon Island in the Multnomah Channel.

A Coast Guard helicopter assisted deputies in the search over the weekend but no sign of Ferguson was found. Crews plan to resume the search Monday morning.

His family told KPTV that Ferguson is an excellent swimmer and hiker.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com