Coast Guard rescues two Idaho youngsters off the rocks at Agate Beach – also CG rescues 3 from burning fishing boat off Cannon Beach
A Coast Guard Helo from North Bend rescued a 16 year old boy and his 10 year old sister off a cliff face overlooking Agate Beach Friday morning. The two were surfing when they were pulled out by a suspected rip current, and they couldn’t get back in.
The two climbed up on a rock face and climbed up about 15′ off the water. The youngsters, both from Idaho, were seen stranded on the cliff and someone called 9-1-1. By that time the youngsters parents had returned from getting coffee and joined the others watching nervously from the beach.
When it was clear that it would be too dangerous for the kids to climb back down to any kind of a water craft the Coast Guard was summoned from North Bend and they arrived aboard a helo that hovered over the scene, evaluating the best way to get the kids off the cliff. Finally, a lone coastguardsman was lowered down to the two, hooked the 10 year old girl to himself and up they flew. Moments later the girl was safely on the beach. The helo went back and repeated the maneuver and soon had the 16 year old boy back safely on the beach as well.
The family said they were from Idaho and that yesterday the kids were out in the surf having a great time but that today was an entirely different story. Neither mom nor dad was talkative. Their children were transported to PCH for what was expected to be a quick checkout and were later released to their parents.
Earlier this morning…
The Coast Guard at Astoria and Tillamook raced to the scene of a burning fishing vessel 17 miles off Cannon Beach this morning. Rough seas slowed the motor lifeboats down and a Coast Guard Helo got to the scene quickly and plucked the three fishermen to safety. They were in a life raft at that point. The Oregonian has the story. Click here.