Coast Guard rescues 2 stranded hikers south of Seaside, Oregon

WARRENTON, Ore. — A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew working with local responders located and rescued two hikers stranded on a cliff in Ecola State Park, south of Seaside, Ore., Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command center watchstanders received a call from Seaside 911 operators requesting the help of a helicopter crew in locating the missing hikers.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria responded to the request for help and were able to locate the two stranded hikers. The aircrew conducted two 200-foot hoists with the rescue swimmer to successfully remove the stranded hikers from the cliff side and safely fly them back to Air Station Astoria.

A third hiker who was able to successfully scale the cliff was also located and assisted by local responders. He was the one who called 911 for help.

“Oregon is known for its picturesque beaches and parks and it is not uncommon for visitors to get caught off guard by the tides and have no place to go but to try and climb the cliffs,” said John Dodd, Sector Columbia River command duty officer. “Due to the ruggedness of the Oregon and Washington coasts and how quickly things can change, we encourage all visitors to be mindful of their surroundings and what the weather and tides are doing.”

Rescued were Lam Lee and Tristen Prow, both are Portland residents; they reportedly come to the coast often to hike. The third hikers information is not available at this time.

There were no injuries reported by the hikers.

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