3 kids, 2 adults rescued off 2 Oregon beaches

Credit: U.S. Coast Guard

A swimmer is pulled to safety of Rockaway Beach.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 9, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 1:25 PM

ASTORIA, Ore. -- The Coast Guard has rescued two children and two adults who were reportedly being swept out to sea off a north Oregon beach.

In a separate case off the southern Oregon coast, a Coast Guard spokesman says the agency rescued a 16-year-old autistic boy reported swimming out to sea Wednesday afternoon from a bay near Charleston.

In the north coast rescue, Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn says the agency got a call Wednesday from a witness who reported the four swimmers in distress off Rockaway Beach near Twin Rocks.

Coast Guard rescuers pulled the swimmers into a boat. The spokesman says the four showed signs of hypothermia but were in good condition. They were taken to the agency's Tillamook Bay station and turned over to local medics.

Littlejohn says the two adults reportedly went into the water to try to rescue the two children. The four were not identified.

In the teen rescue, a Coast Guard boat crew located the boy near some rocks just outside Sunset Bay. He was treated for hypothermia and cuts to his feet and hands.

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