Search suspended for man presumed drowned near Netarts

Missing Persons

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a man who presumably drowned near Netarts Friday after a boat he was crabbing in capsized.

Srung Hong, 53 was crabbing in a small inflatable boat with an electric motor when it boat capsized in heavy surf Friday. The boat’s other occupant, Lyda Hong, 41, was rescued.

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Officials released more details Saturday about a boat that capsized near Netarts on the northern Oregon Coast Friday, including the names of a woman who was rescued and a man who is still reported missing and presumed drowned.

Coast Guard officials rescued one woman Friday November 27, 2020, after a boat capsized. A second person has gone missing and is presumed drowned. November 28, 2020 (courtesy Oregon State Police).

The Coast Guard joined the search early Friday afternoon that involved emergency personnel from Oregon State Police, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office and Netarts Fire and Rescue for a reported capsize that occurred at the mouth of Netarts Bay.

Initial investigation showed two people, 53-year-old Srung Hong and 41-year-old Lyda Hong, both of Fairview, were crabbing in a small inflatable boat with an electric motor when the boat capsized in heavy surf.

Lyda Hong, who was equipped with a life jacket, was recovered in the surf by a US Coast Guard helicopter crew. She was then was transported to Tillamook Regional Medical Center, treated and released

Srun Hong, who was not wearing a life jacket, was not able to be located and is presumed drowned.

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