Coast Guard rescues man near Puget Island


February 2, 2023

On January 21 United States Coast Guard crews rescued a man near Puget Island in the Columbia River after his hunting kayak capsized around 11:30 a.m. A person on shore called 911 after seeing the man in the water. They noted the man was wearing a yellow life jacket.

A helicopter crew from Astoria arrived on scene within 20 minutes of the initial call, located the person, deployed the rescue swimmer, and successfully hoisted the man. He was brought back to Astoria to awaiting EMS who evaluated him for hypothermia.

The individual declined transportation to the hospital.


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