NEDONNA BEACH — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people from the surf at the mouth of the Nehalem River near Nedonna Beach Sunday morning.
A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi received a single call from the mariners at 7:35 a.m. Sunday. The crew started searching around Nehalem Bay for signs of distress.
A second call came into the boat crew, a witness reporting a capsized vessel at the mouth of the Nehalem River. The boat crew made it to the scene and rescued the mariners by 7:55 a.m. The men were taken back to base, where they declined medical attention.
“These two individuals are alive today because they were wearing their life jackets,” Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Sheppard, coxswain of the rescue boat, said in a statement. “We saw them go under the water and resurface several times as we came alongside them to pull them aboard.”