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.

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I agree, God Bless our Coast Guard. Rockaway Beach is so lucky to have them close by and our Volunteer Fire Dept! I wonder when people are going to learn the dangers of our water with the riptides and the temperature? No matter how good our rescuers are, they also have to risk their lives!


So Others May Live. USCG is A-1.


U.S. Coast Guard, thanks for your service we salute you and say a big thanks.


God bless our US Coast Guard for all of the good work they accomplish. Their training, competency, and results are quite admirable.

This case, with a heartwarming conclusion, is evidence of the US Coast Guard's commitment to excel.

And the two adults who went into the surf to rescue the youngsters and the adult who called 911are to be commended for their action.

It took all of the combined effort to save the two youngsters. A job very well done!

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