Coast Guard rescues two boaters near Coos Bay

SEATTLE (D13 Public Affairs)- The Coast Guard rescued two boaters near Coos Bay, Ore., after they were overcome by eight-foot waves and 25-knot winds.

An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Group/Air Station North Bend, Ore., was conducting a routine training flight in the area at about 3:30 p.m. when the crew noticed a kayaker and the master of a small pontoon boat struggling to operate their boats in the water.

Concerned for the safety of the men, the crew remained in the area to observe. Minutes later, both vessels capsized, throwing the men into the water.

The helicopter crew immediately lowered a basket into the water and hoisted both men to safety.

The men were transported to the Air Station North Bend where they were treated for hypothermia and released.

Both boaters were wearing personal flotation devices. The Coast Guard strongly recommends that lifejackets be worn while on the water. Lifejackets increase the chances of survival if a person accidentally enters the water. In 2007 the victim was not wearing a lifejacket in 90% of drowning deaths.

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