Coast Guard aids rescue of 10 adults, 4 children near Forks, WA

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer escorts multiple people who were evacuated from their residences during a flood near Forks, WA, Monday, Nov. 15. The crew evacuated a total of 10 people, including several children, after receiving a request for assistance from Clallam County emergency responders. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sector Columbia River)

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer escorts multiple people who were evacuated from their residences during a flood near Forks, WA, Monday, Nov. 15.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sector Columbia River)

FORKS, Wash. – The Coast Guard aided in the rescue of 10 people and four children Monday from a flooding residential area near Forks.

At approximately 8 a.m., Clallam County first responders requested Coast Guard air assistance to evacuate the residential area due to rising flood-waters and excessive currents which prevented the use of swift water boats.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles arrived on scene at 9:40 a.m. and deployed a rescue swimmer to search multiple residences. No persons were found during these initial searches, and the air crew departed the scene to refuel at Quillayute Airport.

At approximately 11 a.m., an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Oregon, arrived on scene. The crew successfully evacuated a total of 10 people from multiple residences before transporting them to awaiting medical personnel at a nearby safe landing zone designated by the Clallam County Fire Department.

All known residents of the area are confirmed accounted for.

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