CANNON?BEACH - The U.S. Coast Guard and area rescue personnel had a busy weekend, helping bring numerous stranded and injured people to safety and medical treatment.
Late Saturday afternoon, the Clatsop County High Angle Rescue Team (HART) assisted the Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue and the Coast Guard with a cliff rescue at Indian Beach.
Anthony Maynard, 19, and Tyler Williams, 15, both of Seaside, hiked the shoreline on Tillamook Head from Seaside around to Indian Beach. When the incoming tide stranded them in a small cove, they climbed up the rock face, traversing to an area where they could climb back down to the shoreline. While climbing down, they had to stop about 20 feet above the shoreline because the cliff face became vertical below them.
They called 9-1-1 on their cell phone for help, and reported that Williams had a broken ankle.
The Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue responded and contacted the Coast Guard for assistance. The High Angle Rescue Team was able to retrieve the pair and an MH-60 helicopter crew from Group/Air Station Astoria flew them to waiting emergency service crews for transfer to Columbia Memorial Hospital.
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office and HART would like to remind the public that it is extremely hazardous to hike the shoreline around Tillamook Head. Many subjects have attempted this in the past and have become stranded by the incoming tide and were rescued by emergency service personnel.
Two other rescues occurred earlier that day.
The Coast Guard medically evacuated 52-year-old Hernando Villesenda, a Philippine citizen, from a cargo ship 120 miles west of Astoria Saturday morning.
Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria received a request for assistance from the master of the M/V Hyundai 206, a 600-foot car carrier homeported in Singapore, saying one of his crew members had become ill and needed to be taken to a hospital.
An MH-60 helicopter crew was dispatched to the scene and the man was taken to Group/Air Station Astoria where emergency response crews transferred him to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where he is currently listed in good condition.
The Coast Guard also rescued a man on Crescent Beach in Ecola State Park around 3 p.m. Saturday.
Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria received a request for assistance from Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue after 22-year-old Noel Pelland fell 15 feet from a cliff while hiking, injuring his head.
When rescue teams were unable to reach the man, an MH-60 helicopter crew was dispatched to medically evacuate him. The man was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment for head and back injuries. The hospital does not currently list him as a patient.