Coast Guard rescues 2 from surf

SAMOA, Calif. – Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay crewmembers rescued two people from the surf yesterday afternoon, after their rowboat capsized in the breaking waves next to the station.

Andrea Borg smiles after being rescued by a crew from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay

Through the station’s security camera, Petty Officers Jeremiah Wolf and Jacob Hamburg, witnessed as the two rowers fought against the tide and were pulled toward the breaking waves, known locally as “the mystery breaks,” at approximately 12:45 p.m

Wolf and Hamburg saw the rowboat rolled by a six to 8-foot wave, pitching its two occupants in the water.

Coast Guard station crew immediately launched their 47-foot motor lifeboat, and recovered the rowers unharmed at around 12:58 p.m.

Shortly afterward, their 18-foot rowboat was recovered by California Fish and Game Wardens Matt Wells, A.J. Bolton and Rob Mengel who had the vessel towed to the Samoa boat ramp.

The rowers, Bob Bragg, a resident of Anderson, Calif., and Andrea Borg, a resident of Red Bluff, Calif., were taken to Station Humboldt Bay, where they declined medical treatment. Both were wearing life jackets.

“Fortunately, we can walk away from this incident without tragedy due to the standing of a diligent watch by the men and women at Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay,” said Wolf. “Although they were wearing their life jackets, the rescued individuals did not have any means to signal distress.”

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to carry marine-type distress signal flares or a waterproof marine radio to signal capable of transmission on VHF Channel 16 to alert the Coast Guard when in danger.  The Coast Guard also recommends a Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB); many of which are designed to be carried by small vessels or persons in kayaks.  These devices alert the Coast Guard of distresses and give a search position to rescues crews.

Additionally, mariners are encouraged to check the local weather, pay attention to issued advisories and evaluate risks before taking to the water.

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