Newport’s Agate Beach: Surfers swept seaward by rip current – stranded on Yaquina Head – Coast Guard Helo to the rescue
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Report of surfers caught in a rip current at Agate Beach near the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Coast Guard has been summoned.
Two surfers have climbed out of the water, with their boards, onto some rocks beneath a high cliff. They’re a ways out from the beach.
Surfers are trying to climb the cliff which firefighters say is putting them in greater danger.
Coast Guard helo is enroute from Coos Bay. ETA of 30 to 40 minutes.
Surfers have climbed up into a dead end. Now they’re stuck.
Coast Guard motor lifeboat is 15 minutes away.
Lincoln County Rope Rescue now being called out.
Coast Guard helo on scene.
Both surfers rescued. Safely back on the beach.
As a footnote to the rescue, fire rescue and the Coast Guard recommend that if you get into this kind of a situation, find a spot safely above the water line and then stop. Don’t climb up steep cliffs. You could slip and fall, seriously injuring yourself. Also helicopters put out a lot of downward wind that can dislodge you from a precarious perch making your rescue much more complicated.
When you climb out of the water onto the rocks try to get about ten feet up off the water and STAY THERE and WAIT to be rescued.
And by the way, if you’re surfing around any headlands or rocky shore lines, pay close attention to the tides. Knowing whether it’s coming in or going out can make a big difference in your options if something goes wrong.
P.S. A big ole THANK YOU to Kelli Albright, Maggie White and Marianne Jerome who did a terrific job of getting superb photos of this rescue, and allowing us to share them with everyone. And with 55,000 viewers that’s a lotta folks!! Way to go ladies!!! GGRRRRREAAAAT JOB!!