Antsy Freighter Crewman Jumps Ship in Washington

An antsy crewman from a freighter anchored at Vancouver jumped in the Columbia River and was picked up by fishermen who saw him struggling.

The Vancouver Columbian reports he was turned over to a Customs agent Saturday, treated at a Portland hospital and put a plane Tuesday home to the Philippines.

A ship agent with Ocean Marine Agencies in Portland, Randy Click, says the man wasn't trying to enter the country illegally. Click says, "Sometimes, people who get on ships don't deal with isolation well."

The ship Venus Frontier had arrive April 25 from Japan to pick up a load of wheat. It departed Tuesday with 21 remaining crewman.