GRAYS HARBOR, Wash. — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a surfer caught in an ebb tide near Grays Harbor’s north jetty Wednesday.
The Coast Guard’s command center at Air Station Astoria in Warrenton received a report from Grays Harbor’s 911 dispatch of two surfers in distress and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast seeking assistance from nearby mariners.
A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Grays Harbor eventually reached the scene and recovered a 29-year-old male surfer wearing a drysuit and using his board as a flotation device. He was then taken to Station Grays Harbor but declined further medical care.
The other surfer, a 46-year-old male, had made it safely to shore prior to the Coast Guard’s arrival.
“The Coast Guard supports safe recreational use of our beautiful coastline and encourages safe practices similar to the surfers that needed help today,” Chief Petty Officer Matthew Degerolamo, the chief duty officer at the command center, said in a statement. “The surfers used the buddy system, dressed appropriately for the water temperature and used a floatation device to stay afloat.”