MANZANITA, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after their boat capsized in Nehalem Bay on Sunday morning.
The unnamed victims were in the surf zone at the mouth of the Nehalem River when their craft capsized, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Officials received a call for help at 7:35 a.m. but did not hear from the victims any more after that, so the U.S. Coast Guard boat crew started to search the area for the victims. A second call same in shortly after from an eyewitness who said they saw the capsized vessel at the mouth of the Nehalem River.
Thank to the information from the second call, the two survivors were found at 7:55 a.m.
“These two individuals are alive today because they were wearing their life jackets,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Sheppard, coxswain of the rescue boat. “We saw them go under the water and resurface several times as we came alongside them to pull them aboard.”
The water temperature at the time was 59 degrees.