Man rescued from cliff near Depoe Bay Oregon

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued an injured man from a cliff at Whale Cove south of Depoe Bay, Ore., today.

Coast Guard Air Facility North Bend received a call at approximately 4:45 p.m. from a 911 dispatcher that the man was spotted halfway down a cliff waving his arms for assistance. An HH-65 helicopter crew from Air Facility North Bend and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Depoe Bay were launched to the scene. After retrieving a rescue litter from the boat crew, the helicopter crew successfully pulled the man from the cliff.

The man was subsequently taken to waiting emergency medical service workers who transported him to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport, Ore.

The missions of Group North Bend include maritime search and rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties, providing aids to navigation, and marine environmental protection. In addition, the Air Station frequently assists Federal, state and county agencies by responding to calls for assistance with inland searches and medical evacuations of injured loggers.

Station Depoe Bay is located 16 miles north of Newport in a small fishing and tourist community. The station’s primary mission is to provide search and rescue to commercial mariners, recreational boaters and surfers. The station also supports numerous other Coast Guard missions including marine environmental protection, fisheries conservation enforcement, towing, and enforcing boating safety regulations.

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