Surfer rescued in Ocean Shores

The Coast Guard rescued a surfer near the Grays Harbor North Jetty.

The Coast Guard says a 29-year-old man was recovered by a Motor Life Boat crew from Station Grays Harbor in Westport, and was transported to the Coast Guard station where he declined further care.

The Coast Guard received a call from Grays Harbor 911 dispatch, at 9:00am Wednesday morning that two surfers were in distress on the north side of the North Jetty.

The Grays Harbor crew arrived alongside the surfer and his surfboard at 9:23am. The distressed surfer was wearing a drysuit and was using his board as a flotation device.

The other surfer, a 46-year-old man, made it safely to shore before the Coast Guard arrived. The surfers were reportedly caught in the ebb tide.

“The Coast Guard supports safe recreational use of our beautiful coastline and encourages safe practices similar to the surfers that needed help today,” said  Chief Petty Officer Matthew Degerolamo, chief duty officer, at Sector Columbia River Command Center. “The surfers used the buddy system, dressed appropriately for the water temperature and used a flotation device to stay afloat.”

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