Personnel of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Chetco River Station were diverted from training on Saturday morning, June 27, to respond to a distress call. They soon learned that a vessel had capsized near the mouth of the Chetco River with three people in the water.

According to a Facebook post made by a Coast Guard spokesperson, upon arriving at the scene the unit boat crews located two people in the water clinging to another vessel, with the third individual already rescued by an unidentified Good Samaritan. Each boat crew recovered a person from the water and all were transferred to one of the Coast Guard boats for transportation beck to the station docks, where EMS was standing by. The other boat remained on scene to recover debris from the capsized vessel and maintain a safety zone around it.

After consideration, Coast Guard personnel decided to re-right the vessel, a procedure not conducted regularly. The maneuver was successful and the vessel was towed back to safe mooring inside Brookings-Harbor marina.

The individuals in the capsized boat were not identified. According to the Coast Guard, they declined medical treatment and were picked up by family.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend assisted in the rescue.


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