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A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrew rescue 4 people off Cape Flattery

A Coast Guard MH-65 aircrewrescue 4 people off Cape Flattery. MH-65 Dolphin. HH-65 Dolphin. MH-65 Dolphin SFO Port Angeles.
Archive image: Lt. Stephen Spotts, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot at Sector Field Office Port Angeles, walks the flightline as he prepares to conduct firefighter training at SFO Port Angeles, Feb. 22, 2017.
Personnel at Sector Field Office Port Angeles participate in regular training to increase proficiency.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Field Office Port Angeles.

SEATTLE​ — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew hoisted​ three adults and one child​ to safety late Tuesday night from a cliff side​ near Cape Flattery.

Watchstanders​ at Coast Guard​ Sector​ Puget Sound command​ center received a​ distress call on VHF-channel 16 at 10 p..m. from the captain of a disabled 28-foot vessel stating they were​ beginning to drift near​ the cliffs between​ Tatoosh​ Island​ and Cape Flattery.

A Coast Guard​ Air Station Port Angeles​ MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew​ launched, and​ a Coast Guard Station Neah Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat​ crew​ diverted to the area.

The​ boatcrew​ arrived on scene at​ 10:30 p.m. but were unable to get close enough to the stricken vessel. All four​ were wearing life jackets and​ climbed​ onto a ledge before their​ boat capsized​ around 10:45 p.m.

At​ 11​ p.m., the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew arrived on scene. The rescue swimmer was deployed to hoist the​ individuals one by one​ into the helicopter.

After hoisting the first two people, the helicopter crew flew to Station​ Neah​ Bay to drop the survivors off.​ Around midnight, the remaining individuals were​ hoisted and brought safely to​ Neah​ Bay.

All four reported no medical concerns.

Weather on scene was reported as 6-foot seas with 20 mph winds.


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