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Coast Guard rescue a family from the Washaway Beach Jetty on Willapa Bay, Washington

Coast Guard airlifts family to safety off Washington jetty. MH-60 Jayhawk Air Station Astoria
Archive image: a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk from Coast Guard Station Astoria, Ore., lifts a pilot from the 123rd Fighter Squadron, 142nd Fighter Wing from the Columbia River, July 7, 2016, during a joint water survival exercise.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs.

Warrenton, OR — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew rescue a family Saturday from the Washaway Beach Jetty on the North Cove of Willapa Bay, Washington, after they became trapped by the rising tide.​

Two male adults, one minor and a canine were airlifted to safety without any reported injuries.​

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received notification from Pacific County dispatch at 2:14 p.m. that a family had walked out to the end of the jetty and then become stranded there.​

At 2:16 p.m. an MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew, from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, diverted from their training mission and arrived on scene at 2:48 p.m.​

A rescue swimmer deployed and hoisted the family off the rocks and away from the rising water.​

The helicopter crew landed at a nearby field at 3:13 p.m., where Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies waited to return the family to their vehicle.

A Coast Guard aircrew from Sector Columbia River aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue a family stranded on the Washaway Beach Jetty, on the North Cove of Willapa Bay, Washington, Saturday, October 3, 2020. A father, son, uncle and canine, walked out to the end of the jetty and became trapped by the rising tide.
U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Sector Columbia River.

«This case demonstrates how important it is for beachgoers to be aware of their surroundings,” said Lt. Derrick Rocky, the external missions officer at Sector Columbia River. “Search for a tide table of your area before going to the beach to be sure you don’t get trapped by rising waters.”


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