Coast Guard Rescues Unconscious Surfer


A surfer near Devil's Punchbowl State Park on the Oregon Coast got separated from his surfboard Saturday afternoon. 

The man tried to swim to shore, but was battered by the waves.

911 was called around 3:32 p.m.

A Depoe Bay Fire Department crew arrived on scene and saw the surfer floating on his back. 

The Coast Guard launched the helicopter crew and two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 4:14 p.m., located the man and deployed the rescue swimmer, who had help from another surfer in transporting the individual to shore.

The helicopter crew landed the aircraft on the beach and transferred the unconscious surfer to an ambulance and the man was taken to Newport Hospital.

The status of the surfer is unknown at this time.

Coast Guard Rescues Second Surfer

The Coast Guard rescued a second surfer Saturday farther north near Willapa Bay.

The 40-year-old man was surfing with two friends when a strong current pulled him away from the shore.

His friends tried to find him, but after 30 minutes returned to shore. 

 An acquaintance of the surfers made the emergency call to Pacific County.

The Coast Guard launched an aircrew and a Station Grays Harbor boat crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat.

The helicopter crew was able to locate the individual in the water with help from locals on shore, who managed to keep the surfer in view until the rescue crew arrived. 

The helicopter crew recovered the surfer at 3:15 p.m., landed the helicopter on the beach and transported him to medical personnel for further assistance.

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