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Missing fisherman found by divers in submerged vessel in Willapa Bay

Associated Press

SEATTLE – The body of a missing fisherman was found by divers inside the sunken vessel, the Kelli J., in Willapa Bay.

The Coast Guard said Saturday that the body was found before the vessel was refloated by contractors in Willapa Bay on Friday.

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office took the fisherman’s body to a local funeral home on Friday night.

The vessel is being taken to the Nachotta marina.

The boat was reported missing on May 19. Search and rescue efforts lasted into last Monday, when they were suspended. A new search located the submerged vessel on Wednesday.

The Coast Guard did not identify the fisherman.