USCG training day has become a real rescue mission | News

ASTORIA, Ore. — Two Oregon Coast hikers are safe today after being picked up by a U.S. Coast Guard crew who was on a training mission.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) said it rescued two hikers Monday from a coastal cliff in Manzanita past the Columbia River Coast Guard Sector after observers received an initial request for assistance from Tillamook County the last night that two hikers were stranded by a rising tide after venturing down from a higher roadside vantage point.

According to the USCG, a Jayhawk helicopter crew was diverted from a training mission to respond and arrived in about 20 minutes as a high-angle rescue team from the Tillamook Bay Fire Department, the Manzanita police and other first responders arrived on the scene first and helped locate the hikers.

Stepping off the helicopter, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer finished hoisting the hikers up and the crew transported them from their stranded position to waiting emergency medical personnel at nearby Neahkahnie Beach.

No injuries or medical issues were reported.

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