A fishing boat spotted a life ring from a boat that has been missing since Wednesday.

No word has yet been heard from the Coos Bay fishing boat C-Lady that has not returned from tuna fishing, said Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson of U.S. Coast Guard public information for the 13th district.

The search area for the boat was extended last week to 250 miles off shore from Northern California to Air Station Astoria's jurisdiction.

A Coos Bay man Ken Tison, 61, who owns and operates the C-Lady, was the only passenger aboard 60-foot white wooden-hulled boat. Tison is a 30-year veteran fisherman whose boat is equipped with an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, a VHF radio, distress signals, survival suits and raft.

The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing broadcasts for the man last seen fishing 69 miles northwest of Coos Bay Aug. 29. The fishing boat Little Linda spotted the life ring at 7 p.m. Sunday 60 miles west of Port Orford.

A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion airplane from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island picked up the search this morning after a Coast Guard C-130 completed a search Sunday, Fredrickson said.

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