Coast Guard searches for possible missing kayaker in Seaside

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

Seaside and U.S. Coast Guard officials are searching for a man who went missing around 3 p.m. New Years Day while kayaking near the mouth of the Necanicum River.

Matthew Manley, 42, of Tualatin, was last seen crabbing from his kayak near the mouth of the estuary, according to the City of Seaside. Police did a visual search of the area and could not find Manley or his kayak. Seaside Fire and Rescue were unable to locate the man, his crab pot or kayak.

A good Samaritan recovered a kayak from the Gearhart side of the Necanicum River, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials. At around 7 p.m. Monday night, the Coast Guard launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Cape Disappointment and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria. As of Tuesday morning, officials were still searching around the mouth of the river.

With water temperatures near 50 degrees, City of Seaside officials say those recreating in and around open waters should use extreme caution.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident can contact Detective Guy Knight with the Seaside Police Department.

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