43-foot vessel missing in Willapa Bay with one aboard; search suspended Sunday

At 12:33 p.m. Sunday the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for a Long Beach Peninsula man whose commercial crabbing vessel sank Saturday in Willapa Bay. “All searches for mariner yielded negative results,” the Coast Guard said on its Twitter feed. “Search has been suspended and efforts are switching to vessel salvage/fuel recovery.” Coast Guard crews responded Sunday morning to a diesel-oil sheen and debris field in Willapa Bay after searching throughout the night for the 43-foot vessel Kelli J and its local skipper, Kevin Soule, who is believed to have been pulling crab pots at the time of the accident. Port of Peninsula Manager Jay Personius confirmed Sunday afternoon that Soule was at the helm Sunday and is thought to have been the only person on board. >click to read<20:39

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