A Coast Guard aircrew rescued five people, including three children, who were stranded on Long Island, Washington Sunday.
The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, from Air Station Astoria, landed on Long Island around noon and transferred two men and three children, who were reportedly in good condition but cold and wet, to emergency medical responders at the air station at 12:20 p.m.
The group called watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, Washington, around 9 a.m. Sunday, reporting they were stranded after taking their 12-foot skiff across Willapa Bay to camp overnight Saturday and could not leave because of weather. A boat crew from from the station trailered a 29-foot Response Boat – Small to a boat ramp at Willapa Bay but could not launch due to shallow water.
Watchstanders at Sector Columbia River attempted to coordinate a water rescue with other agencies in the area, but as winds picked up to nearly 25 mph and with worse weather on the way, the decision was made to launch the helicopter.