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Coast Guard helicopter aircrews rescue 12 people and 3 dogs

Coast Guard helicopter aircrews rescue 12 people and 3 dogs
A Sector Columbia River air crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter flies over a flooded RV park in Neskowin, OR, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.
The Coast Guard evacuated 12 people and three dogs from the park amid rising creek waters and potential mudslides in the area.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Clark.

ASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard rescue 12 people and three dogs Friday from a flooding recreational vehicle park along Neskowin Creek in Tillamook County.

A Tillamook County dispatcher contacted Coast Guard watchstanders Friday morning to request Coast Guard air assistance to evacuate individuals from the RV park due to rising waters and a threat of mudslides.

It was reported that approximately 50 adults lived in the affected area, and there were no reported injuries.

An MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter (MRR) aircrew from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, and an MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew from Coast Guard Sector North Bend in North Bend deployed to assess the situation and conduct evacuations as needed. The air crews evacuated 12 people and three dogs.

Coast Guard helicopter aircrews rescue 12 people and 3 dogs
Archive image: A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station North Bend prepares to remove part of a temporary research boardwalk from Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge’s Saddle Rock near Gold Beach, Ore.
Coast Guard crews from Air Station Astoria, Ore., helped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service install the boardwalk in 2005.
Photo provided by Dave Ledig, South Coast Refuge Manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Local responders evacuated 8 individuals. It was reported that an additional 30 residents declined evacuation, and were notified that later evacuation may not be possible due to expected deteriorating weather conditions.

Personnel from Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay also assisted with on-the-ground rescue coordination and communications.


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