Cannon Beach visitor Terrance Jorgensen was among onlookers at the Saturday, Jan. 12, Coast Guard rescue of two surfers at Indian Beach.
A pair of surfers paddle out against a north flow before finally making it to the break.
“They we were hit really hard and one fellow washed in towards the viewing area after paddling back out looking for his partner,” Jorgensen said. “We never saw the partner again. He was apparently caught in a fast current that washed him into the cove and on to back side fo the rock where rescue took place.”
At that point, an onlooker called 911.
According to Jorgensen, one surfer made it to shore and along with another surfer and ranger frantically worked their way out to a break in the rocks, but were unable to determine if the partner was there.
“The surfer then dove in and swam way out to allow himself to be washed back in the cove to try to help his friend,” Jorgensen said. “It was an anxious 20 minutes or so until the helicopter arrived and we were finally told that they were spotted on the rock.”
With support from local teams, an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sector Columbia River safely completed two hoists and transported the surfers to the Sector in Warrenton where they declined medical care and were released.