Coast Guard rescues surfer near Depoe Bay, Oregon

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued a surfer today after he became stranded by strong currents in a cove near Depoe Bay, Ore.

At 1:41 p.m., the Lincoln County, Ore., Dispatch Center contacted the Coast Guard to report a surfer in distress near Devil’s Punch Bowl State Park.

Minutes later, an HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew From Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, Ore., and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay, Ore., were launched to assist.

About 2:05 p.m., the helicopter aircrew hoisted the surfer to safety and transported him to waiting emergency medical technicians in Newport, Ore.,

No injuries were reported.

Large waves along the Washington and Oregon State coast attract many surfers. But these seemingly ideal conditions can also place surfers in great danger. Strong rip currents can sweep surfers out to sea. Other currents can push surfers into coves or sea caves, leaving them stranded or vulnerable to rising tides. The Coast Guard encourages surfers to exercise extreme caution when surfing in the Pacific Northwest.

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