Monday, January 02, 2006
The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search for a commercial fisherman who was reported missing after his boat drifted off into Tillamook Bay. Robert Thomas and Corey Parker, both of Tillamook, were on a mud flat gathering sand shrimp when the tide washed away their boat.
The U.S. Coast Guard searched for the missing shrimper near Tillamook Bay.Both swam for shore — Parker made it and was hospitalized with severe hypothermia, but Thomas apparently did not, though their boat was found on the bay's south side. The Coast Guard, along with local officials and residents, searched Thursday night and Friday morning by boat, helicopter and land, but had to call off the search because of driving winds and rain.