Coast Guard rescues distressed swimmer near Charleston, Oregon

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard NewsASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued a distressed swimmer near Charleston, Ore., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Group North Bend, Ore., received a report of a 16-year-old boy with autism last seen swimming out to sea from Sunset Bay, near Charleston, at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Coast Guard Group North Bend immediately issued a marine broadcast to alert all local boats and launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and a 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Coos Bay, located in Charleston.

The 25-foot response boat crew located the boy near some rocks just outside and south of Sunset Bay.

The 25-foot response boat coxswain maneuvered the boat near the rocky shore and, at approximately 4:48 p.m., the crew successfully recovered the boy from the water.

The crew treated the boy for hypothermia and cuts on his feet and hands while transporting and placing him in the care of awaiting local EMS in Charleston.

He was last reported to be in good condition.

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