WARRENTON, Ore. — Two Coast Guard boatcrews rescued three people after their boat overturned near the North Jetty in Charleston, Oregon, Saturday morning.
All three people, two males and one female, were transferred to emergency medical services and treated for symptoms of hypothermia.
At 8:55 a.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a report of three people in the water near the North Jetty at the Coos River entrance. The call came from an on-duty Coos County sheriff who witnessed the boat flip. The watchstander relayed the report to rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Coos Bay, located in Charleston, who were getting underway for training.
Crewmembers from Station Coos Bay launched both of their 47-foot Motor Life Boats. After arriving on scene, one of the boatcrews located and rescued two people on top of the overturned boat, and the other MLB crew located another clinging to a buoy. Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Phillips, a rescue surface swimmer aboard the MLB, entered the water to rescue the person clinging to the buoy.
“This was a great rescue effort by both boatcrews and we are really happy that all three people who were aboard the boat survived this dangerous situation,” said Chief Petty Officer Brad Beckett, surfman trainer and coxswain aboard one of the MLBs. “We were already dressed out and getting underway when we received the report, so it was a quick response.”
None of the three people rescued were wearing lifejackets or other protective clothing or gear. The Coast Guard encourages all boaters to wear a lifejacket at all times because there isn’t time to put one on during an emergency situation.