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Coast Guard, Grays Harbor emergency response crews rescue injured surfer from jetty

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.

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Coast Guard medevacs one 10-miles west of Grays Harbor

A Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., medevac an injured crewmember aboard an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter 10-miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Jan. 10, 2014. The crewmember sustained a head injury after the Star Delta, a 623-foot cargo ship, encountered a swell. U.S. Coast Guard video by the 13th Coast Guard District.

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., medevaced an injured crewmember from a 623-foot cargo ship after he sustained a head injury 10 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Friday.

The crewmember was reportedly conscious when transferred into the care of local emergency medical services.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Ore., received notification from the cargo ship Star Delta’s agent requesting assistance when a crewmember injured their head after the vessel encountered a swell.

Due to heavy weather concerns, the watchstanders conducted a conference with aircrew members from Air Station Astoria and the flight surgeon. The decision was made to deploy an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to the scene to assess the best course of action in getting the injured crewmember medevaced.

Once arriving on scene, the aircrew determined that weather conditions wouldn’t be a hindrance and was able to successfully hoist the crewmember aboard the Jayhawk.

“One of the things that made this operation successful was being able to discuss, first hand, the operational risk with the aircrew and flight surgeon,” said John Dodd, command duty officer at Sector Columbia River. “Once you’ve openly discussed everyone’s concerns, you can discuss the best courses of action, which helps an operation to go smoother.”

The crewmember was brought back to Air Station Astoria and transferred to local EMS.

He was taken to Columbia Medical Center in Astoria for further evaluation.

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Ghost ship washes ashore in Ocean Shores

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WARRENTON, Ore. – Coast Guard rescued a sailor from his sailboat, which was beset by weather more than 14 miles off shore of Tillamook Harbor Saturday.

The crew of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescued the skipper of the 40-foot long sailboat, The Rock, and safely transferred him to Coast Guard Air Station Astoria.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a call for assistance from the Duane Jones, an Oak Harbor, Wash., resident and the skipper of the sailboat, stating he was experiencing severe weather off the Oregon Coast.

Due to the Tillamook Harbor Bar being closed to all recreational boat traffic and with the onset of night, Jones did not feel safe staying on his boat and asked to be rescued.

The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene with the sailboat and safely hoisted Jones from his boat.

“This is our first major storm of the fall and we want to make sure that all boaters are prepared for the weather,” said Petty Officer 1st Class William Whitford, an operations specialist at Sector Columbia River. “This guy did the right thing in letting us know that he was experiencing difficulties and then asking for help when things got beyond his control. All boaters need to be prepared for any possibilities, including having the proper radio equipment on board to call for help if needed.”

As weather permits, Air Station Astoria crews are planning a future flight to find the abandoned vessel and ascertain its condition. Any salvage of the vessel will be the owner’s responsibility.

There were no injuries in this rescue. 

For safe boating information, please visit: http://www.uscgboating.org/

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter approaches Air Station Astoria, Ore., after rescuing a man from his sailboat off of Tillamook Harbor, Ore., Sept. 28, 2013. The sailor was aboard his 40-foot sailboat and experiencing waves of more than 20 feet when he requested assistance from the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter approaches Air Station Astoria, Ore., after rescuing a man from his sailboat off of Tillamook Harbor, Ore., Sept. 28, 2013.

The sailor was aboard his 40-foot sailboat and experiencing waves of more than 20 feet when he requested assistance from the Coast Guard.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter returns to Air Station Astoria, Ore., after safely rescuing a man from his sailboat off of Tillamook Harbor, Ore., Sept. 28, 2013. A severe fall storm with winds of more than 25 mph and waves of more than 20 feet caused the sailor to request assistance from the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter returns to Air Station Astoria, Ore., after safely rescuing a man from his sailboat off of Tillamook Harbor, Ore., Sept. 28, 2013.

A severe fall storm with winds of more than 25 mph and waves of more than 20 feet caused the sailor to request assistance from the Coast Guard.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

Duane Jones (left), who was just rescued from his 40-foot sailboat shares a moment with his rescuers upon returning to Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., Sept. 28, 2013. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria rescued Jones who was caught in a fall storm off the Oregon coast. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

Duane Jones (left), who was just rescued from his 40-foot sailboat shares a moment with his rescuers upon returning to Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., Sept. 28, 2013.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria rescued Jones who was caught in a fall storm off the Oregon coast.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

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