CHARLESTON, Ore. — The U.S. Coast Guard says that it has suspended the search for a 17-year-old hiker who fell into the ocean near Coos Bay on Sunday.
The hiker fell near Norton Gulch, just southwest of Charleston overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Crews from Coast Guard Sector North Bend made a series of three searches throughout Sunday night and into Monday morning while assisting the Coos County Sheriff's Office.
USCG sent an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew to respond at 8 p.m. on Sunday night. Both air and boatcrews covered the Sunset Bay State Park area several times in an effort to locate the missing teen, to no avail.
In all, the search lasted for almost ten hours. By Monday afternoon, the search had been suspended unless further information comes to light.
"Suspending a search is always a difficult decision," said Cmdr. Michael Baird, operations officer for Sector North Bend. "The decision to suspend is made with great care and consideration, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this young man."