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Rescued From the Rip Current

The Coast Guard rescued a man near the surf zone in the vicinity of the Tillamook Bay North Jetty, in Garibaldi, Sunday, after he reportedly got caught in a rip current.

The 29-year-old male was pulled from the water reportedly exhausted and hypothermic by a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Tillamook Bay located in Garibaldi, and transferred to emergency medical services at the station for further care.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders received a request for assistance from the family of the man at 2:21 p.m., when the family reported he had been sucked out by a rip current. The rescue boatcrew rescued the surfer at about 3 p.m., 50 yards past the surf zone.

A Coast Guard 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Tillamook Bay, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria and Fire Rescue crews from Bay City and Rockaway Beach were also on scene.

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