Coast Guard, Sauvie Island FD rescue 2 women out of Willamette River

US Coast Guard 29-Foot Response Boat-Small file photo

US Coast Guard Station Portland 29-Foot Response Boat-Small file photo

PORTLAND, Ore. — Coast Guard and Sauvie Island Volunteer Fire Department crews rescued two women out of the Multnomah Channel on the Willamette River after their 16-foot aluminum skiff overturned early Saturday morning.

The two women were pulled from the water by the Sauvie Island firefighters and treated for symptoms related to hypothermia by a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Portland. The women were transported to Sauvie Island boat ramp, and care was transferred to emergency medical services.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received notification of the situation from Multnomah Dispatch at 3:16 a.m. and immediately launched the Station Portland boat crew.


The reporting source was another woman who swam to shore after entering the water and called 911 from a nearby house. The persons in the water were a mother and daughter.

The 29-foot RB-S crew arrived on scene as the firefighters located the persons in the water. The Coast Guard took the first woman aboard their boat and provided basic medical care as the second woman was pulled from the water by the firefighters.

The women were reported in stable condition.


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