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From Lincoln City Police
The organized search has been called off for a missing sand shrimp harvester around the Siletz Bay area around Lincoln City. Brian Andrew Martin, a 56-year-old, Salem resident, disappeared during an early morning bait fishing expedition on the Siletz Bay near the mouth of Schooner Creek, Taft.
Martin and another Salem area friend, Dennis Davidson, set out to collect sand shrimp during the low tide around 03:00 AM on Monday, December 30th. The two friends were separated and Martin was last seen around 03:45 AM. After Martin did not return to their vehicle, Davidson searched the area and then contacted the police.
At approximately 7AM, the Lincoln City Police Department was contacted by Davidson and a search began for Martin. The search included of all the surrounding beach areas around the Siletz Bay. The North Lincoln Fire and Rescue Water Rescue Team were deployed to search the waters. The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to assist with the search.
A jacket, believed to belong to Martin, was spotted by the U. S. Coast Guard and recovered from the water. Martin has not been located and it is believed he may have drowned in the incoming tide.
(Editor’s note: The incoming tide was a King Tide, which made local rivers flow back upstream due to the force of incoming sea water – a very strong force, not easily overcome.)
The Lincoln City Police Department has been working closely with the local emergency agencies. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deployed a Marine Deputy. North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and Depoe Bay Fire District along with other resources assisted with the search of the Siletz Bay and surrounding area.
The Lincoln City Police Department is asking that anyone with information about this incident contact the Sr. Officer Holly Blakely at 541-994-3636.