MANZANITA, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued two people from the surf zone at the mouth of the Nehalem River Sunday morning after their boat capsized in Nehalem Bay.
Brandon Thomas and Ranena McCay were rescued by a Station Tillamook Bay boat crew and taken back to the station, located in Garibaldi.
A Coast Guard boat crew received a call for help at 7:35 a.m., but no further communication was received, so the crew started searching the area.
A second call came in to the boat crew from a witness stating there was a capsized vessel at the mouth of the Nehalem River.
With the additional information from the second call, the boat crew was able to locate and rescue the two survivors at 7:55 a.m.
"These two individuals are alive today because they were wearing their lifejackets," said Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Sheppard, officer of the day, Station Tillamook Bay, in a news release. "We saw them go under the water and resurface several times as we came alongside them to pull them aboard."
The air and water temperature at the time of the rescue was 48 degrees and 59 degrees. The survivors reported no injuries.