Coast Guard rescues nine people in the water near Port Townsend, Wash.

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard has recovered nine people from the water near Port Townsend, Wash.

At approximately 7:39 a.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, Wash., received a report from Jefferson County of nine people in the water near Admiralty Bay, Wash.

The call to Jefferson County was reported to be from one of the people in the water.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter was launched from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., two 25-foot Response Boat Smalls were deployed from Coast Guard Station Port Angeles, Wash., one 45-foot Response Boat Medium from Coast Guard Station Bellingham, Wash., and Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Port Angeles, Wash., were all deployed to the scene.

A passing cargo vessel alerted the Coast Guard 25-foot Response Boat Small, homeported out of Port Angeles Wash., and the Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat Medium, homeported out of Bellingham Wash.,of an overturned canoe with people waving their arms in the water.

All nine people were recovered by the 45-foot response boat and were transferred to John Wayne Marina in Sequim, Wash., where they were transferred by local Emergency Medical Services. It was reported that some of the people were experiencing mild hypothermic conditions.

The 25-foot response boat conducted a tow of the canoe to John Wayne Marina.

The overturned canoe was reported to be participating in the 2013 Intertribal Canoe Journey-Paddle to Quinalt, Wash.

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