Coast Guard rescues surfer from Devil’s Punchbowl

A 47-foot rescue boatcrew

USCG file photo

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued a surfer in distress approximately four miles south of Depoe Bay, Ore., Saturday, in an area called Devil’s Punchbowl.

Coast Guard Station North Bend, Ore., received the report at 1:23 p.m., and launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat and a dispatched a team of responders to the shoreline. Additionally, Coast Guard Air Station North Bend launched an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew.

At 1:54 p.m., Dustin Joll, a 34-year-old male, was hoisted aboard the helicopter and transferred to awaiting medical emergency services personnel waiting on scene.

Joll’s friend, who was acting as a spotter on the beach, notified the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard always encourages using the buddy system, which often increases the chances of survival.

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4 Comments

  1. Carol Leigh says:

    Good evening … I’m wondering why Coast Guard personnel from Depoe Bay and/or Newport didn’t respond to this incident, since they’re the closest to Devil’s Punchbowl. Why did personnel from North Bend respond rather than “the locals?”

    Always appreciative of your service,
    Carol Leigh, Waldport, Oregon

  2. cgnews says:

    I’m not sure why neither of the closer units were called on but I’m sure there was a good reason. North Bend was the closest Air Station and it was the aircrew that made the rescue.

    On a personal note, I visited your website and you have some beautiful pictures there. Almost enough to make me want to move back your way.

  3. susan says:

    Coast Guard Air Station North Bend mans the Newport station. The call went in to North Bend and the Newport crew was deployed.

  4. Sondra Mayfield says:

    As my son was the swimmer and part of the team that made the rescue – I would like to tell them all how proud we are of the services that they perform and the immense amount of training they do to prepare them for something like this. Keep up the good work and thanks for your services!