Coast Guard aircrews rescue 4, medevac 1 during separate cases in northern Washington

Petty Officers 3rd Class Jordan Harlacher and Matthew Boyd, both 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crewmembers, from Station Bellingham, prepare to transfer an injured woman off a sailing vessel that ran aground near Sucia Island with the help of an aviation survival technician from Air Station Port Angeles, July 2, 2018. The injured woman reportedly suffered lacerations and a rib injury during the accident. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Tyrkala.

Petty Officers 3rd Class Jordan Harlacher and Matthew Boyd, both 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crewmembers, from Station Bellingham, prepare to transfer an injured woman off a sailing vessel that ran aground near Sucia Island with the help of an aviation survival technician from Air Station Port Angeles, July 2, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Tyrkala.

SEATTLE – Coast Guard aircrews rescued multiple people during two separate cases in northern Washington, Monday afternoon.

One Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles aircrew, aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, medically evacuated a 70-year-old women from a sailing vessel that ran aground near Sucia Island in the vicinity of Oak Harbor, and another aircrew rescued four hikers who were stranded on rocks by a high tide at the south end of 3rd Beach in the Olympic National Park.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a distress call at 12:45 p.m., via VHF-FM radio channel 16 from the captain of a 36-foot sailing vessel reporting the grounding and ensuing injury to one of the passengers. The vessel had three people onboard. The sailing vessel was towed to Anacortes and the adult male and child was removed from the vessel by BoatUS. The injured female was hoisted into the Dolphin helicopter and transported to Bellingham Hospital via emergency medical services from the Bellingham Airport.

At 12:52 p.m., watchstanders at Sector Puget Sound received a call from Olympic National Park Rangers reporting four stranded individuals on the rocks off of 3rd Beach. The rangers reported the hikers had walked off the beach about 100 to 150 yards onto adjacent rocks prior to high tide. The changing tide left the hikers with no escape route. A Coast Guard aircrew was diverted to the scene and hoisted the four hikers to safety. No injuries or medical concerns were reported.

Any beachgoers, hikers or water enthusiast are encouraged to practice safety habits during all Independence Day activities. We remind all mariners that they are responsible for everybody aboard their boat and those operating around them.


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