Coast Guard rescues two boater near Tillamook Bay, Ore.

Coast Guard crewmembers aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat transit out of Tillamook Bay, Ore., responding to a search and rescue case near Netarts Bay, Ore., Feb. 13, 2019. The SAR case involved two boaters who had capsized and were in immediate need of assistance. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Tillamook Bay.

Coast Guard crewmembers aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat transit out of Tillamook Bay, Ore., responding to a search and rescue case near Netarts Bay, Ore., Feb. 13, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Tillamook Bay.

WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued two recreational boaters in distress near Netarts Bay, located about 5 miles southwest of Tillamook, Wednesday morning.

Watch-standers at the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center received a Mayday call from a handheld maritime radio at 8:45 a.m., and immediately directed the launch of two 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crews from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria.

A man and woman were fishing off a jet-propulsion type personal watercraft near Netarts Bay when they pushed into the surf and were flipped over by a wave, causing them to fall overboard.

The man had a small marine radio which he used to make a Mayday call and help direct rescue crewmembers to their location.

Crewmembers from Station Tillamook Bay safely recovered the two people in distress, who were reportedly shivering but responsive, at 9:27 a.m. and transported them to Station Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi to awaiting Emergency Medical Service technicians at 10:06 a.m. for further medical attention.

“There wasn’t anybody else out there today,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley Larson, who assisted in the rescue. “If not for the life-jackets, wetsuits, and especially the radio, our chances of finding them, before they succumbed to hypothermia, would have been very slim.”


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