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Missing kayaker found dead in Seaside

Tualatin man was crabbing on Monday

The Daily Astorian

Published on January 2, 2018 11:57AM

Last changed on January 3, 2018 10:41AM

Matthew Manley went missing around 3 p.m. New Year’s Day while kayaking.

City of Seaside

Matthew Manley went missing around 3 p.m. New Year’s Day while kayaking.

A Coast Guard helicopter flies over Seaside in search of a missing kayaker Tuesday morning.

R.J. Marx/The Daily Astorian

A Coast Guard helicopter flies over Seaside in search of a missing kayaker Tuesday morning.


SEASIDE — The body of a missing kayaker was found Tuesday night near the ocean in Seaside west of the Turnaround.

Matthew Manley, 42, of Tualatin, was last seen crabbing from his kayak Monday afternoon in the estuary near the mouth of the Necanicum River, authorities said.

The Coast Guard called off a search for Manley Tuesday afternoon after considering different survivability factors. A Coast Guard official said they took into consideration the fact Manley was reported not to be wearing a life jacket at the time.

On Monday, the Coast Guard had launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Cape Disappointment and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria.

With water temperatures near 50 degrees, city officials say people recreating in and around open waters should use extreme caution.

Seaside police are still looking for the missing kayak. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Seaside Detective Guy Knight.



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