SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued a kayaker from the waters near Lincoln City, Ore. today.
Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay recieved a report at 2:40 p.m. from the Lincoln City Dispatch that a kayaker was stranded in the waters of Siletz Bay near Lincoln City. The man was one of two brothers who lost a kayak to the rough surf of Siletz Bay. When the man paddled in to retrieve the kayak, his own boat flipped over and he became trapped in the water.
Station Depoe Bay launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and 25-foot response boat crew to the scene while Coast Guard Air Facility North Bend was contacted to send an HH-65 helicopter crew. After pulling the man from the water, the crew aboard the 25-foot boat transferred him to the 47-foot boat so the helicopter crew would have a more stable platform to perform a hoist. The man was flown to North Lincoln City Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia.