The U.S. Coast Guard responded to about five reports of an empty canoe floating down the Columbia River Thursday afternoon, said Mark Dobney, civilian search and rescue controller at U.S. Coast Guard Group Astoria.

At 4:15 p.m., a 16-foot canoe was seen drifting down the river, about 100 yards off downtown Astoria, with no one in it.

The Coast Guard sent an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria and a response boat from Cape Disappointment to look for the vessel. The Clatsop County Sheriff's Department also helped in the search.

By 5 p.m., the sheriff's department reported finding the canoe's owners, who had been towing the canoe from their Portland-moored sailboat, Mrs. T, when it broke loose and drifted away.

The canoe was pulled out of the water at a dock in Astoria.

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