Ore. fisherman missing in Multnomah Channel

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Coast Guard helicopter and a search boat looking for a missing Oregon fisherman have not found any sign of him on the Multnomah Channel between the Columbia and Willamette rivers in the Portland area.

Authorities say that 51-year-old Jeffrey Ferguson of Cornelius went fishing last 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.

The Oregonian reported the search resumed Monday but no sign of Ferguson had been spotted by early Monday afternoon. The Coast Guard will put out a notice to all mariners about Ferguson after the search wraps up.

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