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Coast Guard rescues surfer and assists 3 others from Cape Falcon, Oregon

Coast Guard rescues surfer and assists 3 others from Cape Falcon, MH-60 Jayhawk Astoria
Archive image: an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria (Sector Columbia River), Oregon, conduct a search and rescue demonstration in Elliott Bay near downtown Seattle.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Adam Eggers.

SEATTLE —​ A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew hoisted a​ surfer in distress​ and assisted three others Saturday afternoon from rocks​ at Cape Falcon near Manzanita, Oregon.

At​ 5:15​ p.m.,​ watchstanders​ at the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River​ Command Center received a request for assistance from Tillamook County​ dispatch reporting a​ male surfer​ who​ was unable​ to get back to shore and became stuck on nearby rocks.

Three other surfers​ who were in wetsuits​ tried to assist the man, but they also became trapped on​ rocks and were unable to get back to shore.

A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Sector Columbia River, was​ already airborne​ and diverted to the area.

At​ 5:30​ p.m., the MH-60 rescue crew arrived on scene. The rescue swimmer deployed to hoist the​ first surfer, who was not wearing a wetsuit and appeared to be showing symptoms of hypothermia.

After he was hoisted into the helicopter, a member of the rescue crew provided a blanket to the man.​ At​ 6:15​ p.m., the surfer​ was safely brought to awaiting emergency medical services​ at Short Sand Beach.

The remaining three individuals​ were brought to shore by the Manzanita Fire Department using jet skis. The Coast Guard rescue swimmer stayed on the rocks to assist each surfer on to the jet skis.​ Each person was​ transported​ to Short Sand Beach with no medical concerns.

The first surfer’s current condition is unknown.


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