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Coast Guard rescues 3 boaters from Memorial Day sinking near Cape Arago
By John Ross Ferrara,
PORTLAND, Ore. ( KOIN ) – U.S. Coast Guard Station Coos Bay rescued three Memorial Day boaters from the frigid ocean water off the coast of Seven Devils State Recreation Site on Monday after their boat began to take on water at 8:20 a.m.
Waves washing across the 17-foot fishing boat’s stern caused it to sink before USCG crews arrived on scene, leaving the boaters stranded in 50-degree water for 33 minutes. By pinging a distressed boater’s cell phone, a USCG boat crew was able to locate the boaters and pull them aboard.
“The individuals were found in the water wearing life jackets,” U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest Tweeted. “Shortly after, the [USCG rescue helicopter] from Air Station North Bend arrived and lowered the swimmer to the 47-foot motor lifeboat to assist in first aid.”