COOS BAY -- The Coast Guard is searching for a man who fell into 51-degree water after his fishing vessel overturned Monday afternoon.
The man, identified by friends as Jim Peterson, was aboard the Charleston-based fishing vessel Randi with two other men. A Good Samaritan vessel managed to rescue two of the three, but the third man did not surface. The vessel overturned about three miles northwest of the Coos Bay jetty about 1:15 p.m.
A person with knowledge of the incident said Peterson, a resident of the Bay Area, had been in the wheelhouse of the vessel, its deck loaded with crab pots, when it capsized.
The Coast Guard dispatched two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews and a 25-foot response boat crew to search the waters for Peterson. Two HH-65 helicopter crews also were dispatched, one of which evacuated one of the men to Bay Area Hospital. The other rescued man wasn't injured and was taken ashore by one of the response crews.
As of Monday night, two lifeboat crews and the remaining helicopter crew continued searching for the man in the vicinity of the jetty.
The Coast Guard said the water temperature there was 51 degrees and winds were reported at 17 knots. Air temperatures dipped well below freezing, where they remained this morning.
Coast Guard officials could not be reached this morning.