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Deputies continue search for missing fishermen

Deputy Tony Watson and other deputies plan to patrol the North Spit daily for the next week and half.

COOS BAY, Ore. - The official search for two missing fishermen ended Wednesday at noon, but Deputy Tony Watson and other deputies plan to patrol the North Spit daily for the next week and half.

The surf and tide brings new debris ashore each day, said Watson, who coordinates search and rescue for the Coos County Sheriff's Office.

Among the debris found so far were two survival suits, he said.

Watson said most of the debris found in the past few days came from the Eagle III.

The fishing vessel hit the North Jetty on Tuesday and broke apart.

The ship's captain, Glen A. Burkhow, 52, of Port Orford made it onto the jetty and walked out for help.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter located a fourth member of the crew, 52-year-old Blane L. Steinmetz of Port Orford, dead on the rocks of the jetty.

Joshua W. Paulus, 31, and Daniel N. Matlock, 37, of Port Orford are still missing.

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