Coast Guard rescues four distressed swimmers near Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard NewsASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued four distressed swimmers from being pulled out to sea near Surf Sands Resort off Rockaway Beach, Ore., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a call from a witness on the beach reporting two children and two adults being swept away from the beach near Twin Rocks on Rockaway Beach at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and a 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay, to the scene.

The 25-foot response boat crew arrived alongside the distressed swimmers first and successfully pulled all four from the water. The 47-foot motor lifeboat crew arrived soon later and passed blankets to the survivors, who showed signs of hypothermia.

The survivors were transported by the 25-foot response boat crew to Station Tillamook Bay and placed in the care of local EMS.

The two adult survivors had reportedly entered the water in attempt to rescue the two distressed child survivors.

All survivors were reported to be in good condition.

Volunteers from Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 63 in Garibaldi helped with communications for Station Tillamook Bay during the rescue.

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