An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria rescued two stranded on the Columbia River in Oregon, Sunday night near Marsh Island.
They were in a 14-foot skiff, in weather reported to be rainy with less than 4 miles of visibility and 35 mph winds, when they became disoriented and could not find their way back to Aldrich Point.
The helicopter crew hoisted the stranded men from a small island in Prairie Channel and transported them to the air station with no reported injuries.
Severe weather conditions are forecasted for this week, and the Coast Guard stresses the importance of mariners being aware of the weather conditions and the limitations of their vessels. River entrance closures and restrictions have been implemented throughout region to protect recreational and un-inspected passenger vessels from unsafe conditions. Updated bar observations can be found online through the National Weather Service.