Crewman overboard from Columbia River sternwheeler

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RAINIER, Ore. — The Coast Guard is searching for a crewman who fell overboard from the Queen of the West sternwheeler while the boat was moored to a dock in the Columbia River at Rainier.

Witnesses saw the man surface once off the stern before losing sight of him.

The Coast Guard responded early todaywith a boat from Portland and a helicopter from Astoria.

The Queen of the West runs cruises on the Columbia River.

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