Oregon coast: rescue for man who rolled watercraft
Friday, June 24, 2011
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- The Coast Guard says it has rescued a 69-year-old man who rolled and stalled his personal watercraft on the Oregon coast near the entrance to Nestucca Bay.
Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn says someone on shore saw the man jump a wave and roll Friday afternoon and called the Coast Guard. A helicopter crew from the agency's Air Station North Bend was already in flight and was diverted to help. The helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer and the man was hoisted aboard the aircraft and taken to Pacific City Airport.
Littlejohn says the man was reported in stable condition at a hospital in Lincoln City.
When help arrived, the man was clinging to the partially submerged watercraft. Littlejohn says the man apparently wasn't wearing either a life vest or a wet suit.
The man was not identified.