A Coast Guard helo is enroute to Fogarty Creek Beach on a report that a number of teens are stranded on a rock just off shore. Fire rescue personnel from at least two local departments are on the beach assessing the situation.
Here’s a short video Depoe Bay Fire Rescue video of the arrival of the Coast Guard rescue helicopter which was there in less than 10 minutes.
At least one person is being transported to a hospital for evaluation. Unclear how many remain on the rock.
One female victim reportedly went unconsciousness and suffered hypothermia.
Depoe Bay Fire Chief Josh Williams said “Ironically, this rescue comes just days after the USCG announced it was closing the Newport based helicopter station. “The quick response by a helo out of Newport made all the difference” said Depoe Bay Fire Chief Joshua L. Williams. “There were five frightened, cold, wet people stranded on those rocks, I needed a helo here in 10 minutes, not an hour. We depend on the USCG helo. The surf is too dangerous and too cold for firefighters to enter the water and time is not a luxury you have when performing rescues.”
The seas are expected to be very high over the next few days. Huge waves came ashore today at Nye Beach in Newport, knocking down beach walkers and generally scaring folks. Seas are not expected to subside until late Sunday or early Monday. Then high waves are currently forecasted to return by mid-week.