- Associated Press - Sunday, March 11, 2012

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday expanded the area it’s searching for four people who disappeared from a fishing trawler off the Washington coast, but there’s still no sign of them.

A distress signal came from the 70-foot Lady Cecelia early Saturday, and rescue crews searched through the night after finding debris, an empty lifeboat and an oil sheen several miles off the coast.

Petty Officer Shawn Eggert said that by Sunday morning the search area had expanded from 640 square miles to 1,350. A Coast Guard cutter and an MH-60 helicopter crew were involved, and conditions for searching were good.

The fishing vessel has a home port in Warrenton, Ore., and is registered to Dale Kent of Bay City, Ore.



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