A Coast Guard air crew rescued a fishing crew of two men, a woman and a dog who were drifting in a life raft after their vessel sank about 45 miles off Lincoln City, Ore.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s Sector North Bend received an automated distress signal from an electronic position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) that was registered to a 44-foot gray and blue fishing vessel named Royal, according to a Coast Guard statement.
The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched a crew from Air Facility Newport aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. At around 4 p.m. the air crew located a debris field and life raft, approximately 6 miles from the EPIRB’s last transmitted location.
The crew’s rescue swimmer entered the water by free-fall and began recovering the survivors, assisting them and their dog with hoists into the cabin helicopter. The last survivor was hoisted with the swimmer at 4:30 p.m.
The survivors were flown back to awaiting friends and family at Air Facility Newport. They were in stable condition upon arrival and did not require medical attention, according to the Coast Guard.
“They acted quickly and had the necessary equipment to survive an emergency like this,” said Lt. Robert Pfaff, the pilot and flight commander during the rescue. “Their preparation and readiness for a worst-case scenario saved their lives.”