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Coast Guard rescue man from Willapa Bay

Coast Guard rescue man from Willapa Bay
Archive image: A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter lands at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., to deliver an ill fisherman to awaiting emergency medical services, July 31, 2018.
The aircrew medically evacuated the ill fisherman off the commercial fishing vessel Zena D 100 miles off the Pacific City, Ore., coast.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

ASTORIA, Ore. — A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew rescue a man early Friday morning from a capsized vessel near Willapa Bay, in National Wildlife Refuge.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command center received a call from Pacific County Sheriff at 12:30 a.m. stating a 41-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy were aboard a boat when it capsized in the vicinity of Ellsworth Creek Preserve.

The mother saw her son and boyfriend enter the water as the boat rolled when it approached a boat ramp. She immediately called 911 dispatch. Pacific County Sheriff then relayed the call to the Coast Guard.

A rescue crew from Sector Columbia River, Air Station Astoria, was dispatched aboard an MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter (MRR).

The boy was able to swim to shore and was attended to by Pacific County Sheriff responders.

At 1:30 a.m., the MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew arrived on scene and located the man within several minutes. The man was wearing​ a life jacket and slapping the water to get the attention of the crew. The rescue swimmer was deployed and assisted him into the recovery basket.

After hoisting the man, the helicopter crew flew to Sector Columbia River in Warrenton. The aircrew landed at 2 a.m. and​ transferred him to awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

The man was showing signs of hypothermia when he was picked up by EMS.

His current condition is unknown.


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