Coast Guard makes 2 rescues off Oregon coast

One rescue in Depoe Bay, the other in Coos Bay

Evan Merrell was rescued by the Coast Guard off the coast of Coos Bay, September 3, 2016 (USCG)
Evan Merrell was rescued by the Coast Guard off the coast of Coos Bay, September 3, 2016 (USCG)

DEPOE BAY, Ore. (AP) — The Coast Guard rescued two people off the coast of Oregon Saturday, a woman who fell into the water and a kayaker in trouble.

A Coast Guard boat crew rescued a woman who had fallen in the water at the Depoe Bay Bar entrance.

A woman was rescued by the Coast Guard off the coast of Depoe Bay, September 3, 2016 (USCG)
A woman was rescued by the Coast Guard off the coast of Depoe Bay, September 3, 2016 (USCG)

The Coast Guard station in North Bend received a call at about noon Saturday from Lincoln County dispatch about a person seen in the water near the entrance to Depoe Bay.

A boat crew and Dolphin helicopter crew responded and located the woman. They used a heaving line to reach her and bring her on board.

She was taken back to the station and transferred to emergency medical personnel, who took her to the Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City.

It was not immediately clear how the woman fell into the bay.

Coast Guard rescues kayaker in Coos Bay

Later Saturday, Coast Guard crews rescued a 58-year-old kayaker from Sunset Bay in Coos Bay.

A life boat crew and rescue swimmer from a Dolphin helicopter retrieved and transported kayaker Evan Merrell on Saturday.

The Coast Guard first received a report at about 3:30 p.m. from local dispatch saying a kayaker was struggling and yelling for help.

The air crew spotted Merrell in the water. He was clinging to his kayak after falling out while fishing.

A rescue swimmer was lowered into the water and stayed with Merrell until the boat crew arrived.

The boat crew pulled Merrell aboard and he was treated for hypothermia.

The weather was clear with 12-mph winds, and an air temperature of 65 F. The water temperature was 57 F.

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