Shrimp fisherman missing on Oregon coast

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Associated Press

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 4:31 PM

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) — Police in Lincoln City, Ore., say their search has been called off for a shrimp fisherman missing on Siletz Bay on the Oregon coast.

Sgt. Brian Eskridge says a jacket believed to belong to 56-year-old Brian Andrew Martin of Salem was recovered from the water. The officer says Martin may have drowned in the incoming tide.

Martin and a Salem-area friend set out about 3 a.m. Monday to collect sand shrimp during the low tide. The friends got separated and the second man searched and then contacted police when Martin did not return to their vehicle.

Eskridge says a daylong search combed all the surrounding beach areas, a water rescue team searched the water and the Coast Guard sent a helicopter to assist.

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