WESTPORT, Wash. - A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a Westport resident, 29, from a Grays Harbor tidal flat Monday.

Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor received a call for assistance at 2 p.m. from the Grays County Sheriff's Department notifying them of a man in distress in the harbor. Kyle Rassmus had walked about 100 yards onto the muddy tidal flats during low tide.

Air Station Astoria was contacted by Station Grays Harbor for assistance. A Coast Guard HH-60 Jawhawk helicopter operating in the area was diverted to assist Rassmus.

The helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer onto the tidal flats. The rescue swimmer and a sheriff's officer, who walked out to Rassmus, were able to calm down the distressed man and place him in the rescue basket.

He was safely hoisted into the helicopter and flown to Station Grays Harbor before being taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for evaluation.


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