Three people are safe after getting caught in a riptide and pulled out to sea off Ocean Shores, Wash., Monday afternoon.

Two women, about 19 and 23 years old, and a 17-year-old boy were pulled from the water by a surf rescue team, which was first on scene after Grays Harbor dispatchers fielded a call about 4:30 p.m. that three people were struggling in the water and waving for help.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria and a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Grays Harbor, said Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Buehl at USCG Group Astoria today. The Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department also responded.

All three appeared OK when pulled out by the surf rescue team, he said, although one was taken to the hospital by local paramedics at teh request of a family member. The victim apparently swallowed a large amount of saltwater.


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