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Coast Guard rescues Westport surfer

January 27, 2014

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued an injured surfer from the south jetty in Westport on Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a call from local police to assist.

The surfer reportedly suffered multiple fractures and other injuries while surfing near the jetty. A fellow surfer ran to shore to call for help, while other surfers assisted the injured man onto the rocks.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew was launched from Astoria. The helicopter crew was able to safely hoist the injured surfer and transfer him to emergency medical crews at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor.

“The coordination between the helicopter crew and the rescue crews on the jetty was instrumental in the safe rescue of the surfer,” said Lt. Rob McCabe, the Jayhawk pilot. “Our thoughts are with the injured and his family, this was a tragic situation, and we hope he pulls through OK.”

The injured surfer was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for further medical care.

Westport Surfer

Video of the rescue.


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