ILWACO, Wash. -- A man is dead after a boat capsized at the mouth of the Columbia River Friday.
Around 9:23 a.m., witnesses aboard the vessel Teresa D reported seeing a 25 - 27 foot chartered fishing boat capsize as it tried to cross the Columbia River Bar. The Teresa D made its way over to the area and rescued five people, according to Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosely of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard sent out three small boats from Cape Disappointment, a helicopter from the Astoria air station and the Coast Guard Cutter Fir to search for a sixth person.
When the Coast Guard arrived they found a man tangled amid ropes from the wreckage. The man did not respond to CPR and was declared dead, Mosely said.
The five rescued people were taken ashore and approached by EMS but declined medical attention.
Rough sea conditions may have caused the boat to flip, according to the Coast Guard.
"The waves have gotten pretty bad out there," Mosely said.
He estimated that swells were around 8 to 10 feet at the Columbia River Bar Friday morning. By the afternoon the bar was off limits for any private vessel under 30 feet.