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Coast Guard rescues father, children kayaking near Gold Beach

The father's kayak sank as winds began to pick up, according to U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend.

Posted: Aug 14, 2019 2:19 PM

GOLD BEACH, Ore. — Rescuers from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) flew in to assist after a family out kayaking ran into trouble on Tuesday, according to reports from USCG Sector North Bend and the Chetco River station.

The crew of a Coast Guard helicopter diverted from a training mission after receiving a call about the kayakers around 1:30 p.m.

"A father and two children were out by Arch Rock when the father's kayak sank and winds picked up," USCG Sector North Bend said. "The father swam beside one of the kids to the nearest beach, which was a remote cove."

A rescue swimmer deployed from the helicopter to help while a Coast Guard boat waited offshore. The swimmer was able to escort the family out on their kayaks to the waiting boat before all three were brought back to the USCG Chetco River station.

"Bravo Zulu to all agencies involved!" the Chetco River station said in a post.

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