U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued two recreational boaters in distress near Netarts Bay, located about 5 miles southwest of Tillamook, on Wednesday morning.
A man and woman were fishing off a jet-propulsion type personal watercraft near Netarts Bay when they pushed into the surf and were flipped over by a wave and fell overboard, according to a statement from the Coast Guard.
Fortunately, the man had a small marine radio that he used to make a Mayday call and help direct rescue crewmembers to their location.
Hear the Mayday call:
The Coast Guard statement said watch-standers at the Sector Columbia River Command Center received the Mayday call at 8:45 a.m. and immediately directed the launch of two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Station Tillamook Bay and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Astoria.
“There wasn’t anybody else out there today,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley Larson, who assisted in the rescue. “If not for the life-jackets, wetsuits, and especially the radio, our chances of finding them, before they succumbed to hypothermia, would have been very slim.”
Crewmembers from Station Tillamook Bay safely recovered the two people in distress, who were reportedly shivering but responsive, at 9:27 a.m. and transported them to Station Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi to awaiting Emergency Medical Service technicians at 10:06 a.m. for further medical attention.