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Two rescued from Island

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received two second-hand reports around 9:50 p.m. of two people possibly stranded on Wallace Island. An aircrew, and a boat crew on a 29-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Portland, launched in response.

The aircrew located the two individuals and confirmed that they had become stranded after their 15-foot boat had been swamped by a passing ship. The two people were able to beach their boat on the island, where they texted friends and family of their situation, who in turn contacted sector watchstanders.

With the boat secured on the island, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria in Warrenton safely transported the 20-year-old female and 29-year-old male to Westport, where one of their vehicles was parked.

Weather on scene was clear with 2 mph winds and up to 9 mph gusts, with 48 F air temperature and 58 F water temperature.