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Search suspended after woman found dead, man missing in boat off coast of Florence

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Published: Mar. 26, 2022 at 1:20 PM PDT
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FLORENCE, Ore. (KPTV) - The United States Coast Guard said one person died and another is missing in a search for a boat off the coast of Florence on Saturday.

The USCG said it received a distress signal from a boat about 35 miles off the coast of Florence at about 1 a.m. Saturday. During the search, they found a debris field, a life raft and a woman who was dead. They said the woman was a crew member on the fishing boat.

At 12:30 a.m. Sunday, the USCG said it suspended the search for the boat’s captain. Rescuers searched for more than 24 hours over a 232 square-mile search area.

The missing man has been identified as 68-year-old Mike Morgan. The USCG said the woman and missing man were the only two people aboard the boat.

The name of the woman who died has not been released.