Coast Guard searching for 4 people off Wash. coast




ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Coast Guard rescue helicopters have found a debris field, an oil sheen and a damaged lifeboat, but no sign of four people who disappeared on a fishing vessel off the Washington state coast.

The Coast Guard searched for the four people in the water near Seaview, Wash., on Saturday.

An emergency beacon led rescuers to the debris field about 17 miles west of Leadbetter Point near Willapa Bay at about 3:45 a.m. on Saturday.

The distress signal came from the 62-foot fising vessel Lady Cecelia, which has a home port in Warrenton, Ore.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Shawn Eggert says the Coast Guard spoke with the ship’s owner, who says there were four people aboard.