Coast Guard aircrew assists stranded beach-goer near La Push, Wash.

Hoist trainingSEATTLE — A Coast Guard helicopter crew transported a beach-goer who was reportedly stranded on a cliff at Second Beach near La Push, Tuesday.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles safely hoisted the stranded man and transported him to the Forks airport where he was met by friends.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a request for assistance from Coast Guard Station Quillayute River at 1:51 p.m., reporting that the 53-year-old man was separated from his group of friends and was stranded on a cliff, unreachable by the local first responders.

“This case illustrates the importance of having hoist capable Coast Guard assets in the area,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Mario Roy, a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. “Without the fast response of our helicopter crew, this man would have been stranded on the cliff until the next low tide after 10 a.m.”

No injuries were reported. On-scene weather conditions were reportedly overcast skies with an air temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit and a wind speed of 15 mph.

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