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Man jumps off Yaquina Bay Bridge – Body spotted several times but quickly sank

Coast Guard helicopter searched throughout the afternoon for the body. Roy Lowe photo

Coast Guard helicopter searched throughout the afternoon for the body.
Roy Lowe photo

8:23am
A man has jumped off the Yaquina Bay Bridge – east side, center span. He was wearing a flannel jacket, beanie cap, 30 to 40 years old. Witness said he watched the man lean over the rail and go over.

8:26am
Coast Guard and law enforcement are headed for the scene.

8:27am
Law enforcement says can’t see anyone on the bridge or in the water. It is an incoming tide. If there’s a body in the water it would be moving upriver.

8:30am
Traffic on the bridge was initially halted for a few minutes. Traffic is now back to normal going over the bridge, both directions.

8:38am
Coast Guard vessel on scene. They think they may have spotted the body. They saw an object – then it sank out of sight.

8:50am
It appears they haven’t found the body. Search has moved upstream to NOAA facilities, the International Terminal and to the Embarcadero marina.

8:57am
Coast Guard now says they saw the body but it sank out of sight. Coast Guard says they need a couple of other boats to head in their direction off NOAA docks to be ready when the body re-surfaces.

9:11am
Coast Guard has found a shoe and a beanie cap in the water.

9:30am
Tide is starting to ebb. Body was spotted off the east end of the Embarcadero jetty. But quickly sank again. Authorities say they don’t know who the man was.

5:30pm
Coast Guard North Bend says the search has been suspended. They couldn’t get to the body. The tide has since gone back out to sea so there is a chance that it could wash ashore on any number of local beaches.

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