WARRENTON, Oregon — A crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small from Coast Guard Search and Rescue Detachment Rouge River and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend rescued two stranded boaters and their dog from Pyramid Rock, northwest of Gold Beach, Wednesday.
The two boaters and their dog were safely hoisted by the Dolphin crew and flown to Gold Beach where they were released with only minor injuries. The RB-S crew successfully towed the boaters’ 22-foot boat to Gold Beach where it was returned.
The crew at Detachment Rouge River received a call from the boaters at 2:20 p.m. stating that they had gone aground on Pyramid Rock. The crew launched their RB-S, but was unable to safely get to the boaters due to the shallow waters. Because of the instability of the grounded boat, the boaters left their boat and climbed on top of the rock.
The Dolphin crew was launched from North Bend and safely hoisted the two boaters. While waiting for the helicopter to rescue the boaters, their boat floated free from the rocks and was taken into tow by the RB-S crew.
“Without the boaters call for help, we may never have known they were in need of help until they were reported missing,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Dash, an operations specialist at Coast Guard Sector North Bend. “Having proper safety gear on board a boat, including a way to communicate in the case of an emergency, can be the difference between life and death. The boaters were prepared and we were able to save them in their time of need.”
There were no serious injuries reported, only minor scrapes and bruises.
There was no pollution released from the grounding of the vessel.