ILWACO — The Coast Guard says a 25-foot guide fishing boat capsized as it was returning across the Columbia River Bar Friday morning and one person died and five others were rescued by another fishing boat.
Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley says the five survivors were taken to Ilwaco and did not need medical attention.
The accident happened about 9:20 a.m. in 8-to-10-foot waves in the treacherous waters where the river and ocean currents collide.
A 27-foot guide fishing boat saw the accident and pulled five out of the water.
A Coast Guard crew found the sixth person tangled in fishing gear, cut him free and tried to resuscitate him, but he was declared dead.
Two boats responded from Station Cape Disappointment along with a cutter and copter from Astoria, Oregon.