Coast Guard rescues surfer from Devil’s Punchbowl

A 47-foot rescue boatcrew

USCG file photo

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued a surfer in distress approximately four miles south of Depoe Bay, Ore., Saturday, in an area called Devil’s Punchbowl.

Coast Guard Station North Bend, Ore., received the report at 1:23 p.m., and launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat and a dispatched a team of responders to the shoreline. Additionally, Coast Guard Air Station North Bend launched an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew.

At 1:54 p.m., Dustin Joll, a 34-year-old male, was hoisted aboard the helicopter and transferred to awaiting medical emergency services personnel waiting on scene.

Joll’s friend, who was acting as a spotter on the beach, notified the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard always encourages using the buddy system, which often increases the chances of survival.

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