Coast Guard rescues two Canadians after mayday call

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Sector Field Office Port Angeles, Wash., transfers two patients to a Royal Canadian helicopter aircrew at Neah Bay, Wash., April 28, 2019. The Coast Guard aircrew rescued two boaters from a beach near Tsusiat Falls, British Columbia after the boaters made a mayday call. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Sector Field Office Port Angeles.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Sector Field Office Port Angeles, Wash., transfers two patients to a Royal Canadian helicopter aircrew at Neah Bay, Wash., April 28, 2019. Coast Guard photo courtesy Sector Field Office Port Angeles.

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The Coast Guard rescued two people off a beach near Tsusiat Falls, British Columbia, after the boaters made a mayday call Sunday afternoon.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Sector Field Office Port Angeles hoisted the two people suffering symptoms related to hypothermia and transferred them to a Royal Canadian Navy helicopter aircrew in Neah Bay, Wash.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound responded to a mayday call on VHF-FM channel 16 at 2:20 p.m., and coordinated a response through the Royal Canadian Command Centre. The mayday call was made from Canadian waters, but the aircrew from Port Angeles was the closest asset that was able to conduct the rescue.

The Dolphin aircrew arrived on scene at 3:13 p.m., and conducted the hoist before transporting the boaters to Neah Bay where they rendezvoused with the Canadian aircrew.

The boaters reportedly were taking on water in surf conditions, but were able to safely get to shore.

 

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