WESTPORT, Wash. – A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria helicopter crew rescued an injured surfer from the Grays Harbor, Wash., south jetty Saturday.
The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center watchstanders received a request at 1:40 p.m. from Grays Harbor Police Department to assist in the safe evacuation of an injured surfer from the south jetty.
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 jetty.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was launched from Air Station Astoria to assist in the rescue effort. The helicopter crew was able to coordinate with personnel on the ground 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 by local EMS to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash. for further medical care.