Coast Guard and Netarts Fire Department respond to capsized vessels in Netarts Bay, Ore.

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard, working with Netarts Fire Department, recovered three people from the water after two vessels capsized in Netarts Bay, Ore., 12-miles south of Tillamook Bay, Ore., at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday.

U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 rescue helicopterTwo Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., two motor lifeboat crews from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay and two jet skis from Netarts Fire Department deployed to assist after onlookers reported two vessels in distress.

One person was recovered and transported to shore by a Netarts Fire Department jet ski and a second by a Coast Guard motor lifeboat crew. Both people were pronounced dead by a local emergency medical team.

The third person was recovered and transported to shore by the Coast Guard helicopter crew and taken to Tillamook County Hospital.

Both recreational vessels were approximately 15-feet long and early reports indicated that one may have been attempting to assist the other.

On scene weather conditions were five-knot winds and two-foot waves with occasional seven-foot waves.

The Coast Guard will conduct an investigation into the cause of the boating accident.

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