Saturday morning: The Coast Guard has resumed its search this morning. Fire Rescue is not involved.
9:50pm The Coast Guard is announcing to all mariners that a red flare has been seen over Alsea Bay (Waldport) this evening. A red flare is the international sign of a mariner in distress. The Coast Guard asks all mariners to be on the look-out for any vessel in distress in the area.
10:17pm Seal Rock, Central Coast and Yachat’s Fire Rescue are responding to a possible surf rescue near mouth of the Alsea River. A Coast Guard Helicopter is headed for the area to see if someone is actually in distress.
10:25pm Report now is that the flare went off a half mile north of the jaws which would put it toward the south end of the Bayshore neighborhood.
10:26pm Fire rescue personnel are scanning the jaws, the beaches and out as far as their binoculars can reach and they’re reporting nothing out of the ordinary. Fire Rescue has set up a lookout at the Bayshore Beach Club.
10:32pm Fire Rescue reports no one in the water or on the beach. Unable to contact the reporting party who saw the red flare. Central Coast Fire Rescue has a rescue rig on the beach, searching.
10:39pm Coast Guard helo is on scene. Fire Rescue has found and is talking to the person who reported the flare.
10:45pm Fire Rescue is using night vision devices.