A Coast Guard 25-foot response boat crew from Station Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi, Ore., rescues four distressed swimmers near Surf Sands Resort near Rockaway Beach Wednesday, Aug. 8. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River also sent a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Tillamook and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria to the scene.
Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a call from a witness on the beach reporting two children and two adults being swept away from the beach near Twin Rocks on Rockaway Beach at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Coast Guard Sector Columbia River launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and a 25-foot response boat crew from Station Tillamook Bay, to the scene.
The 25-foot response boat crew arrived alongside the distressed swimmers first and successfully pulled all four from the water. The 47-foot motor lifeboat crew arrived soon later and passed blankets to the survivors, who showed signs of hypothermia.
The survivors were transported by the 25-foot response boat crew to Station Tillamook Bay and placed in the care of local EMS.
The two adult survivors had reportedly entered the water in attempt to rescue the two distressed child survivors.
All survivors were reported to be in good condition.
Volunteers from Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 63 in Garibaldi helped with communications for Station Tillamook Bay during the rescue.