A Coast Guard crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescued three boaters and a dog found adrift in a life raft after their boat sank off the Oregon Coast on Sunday, September 12.
According to the Coast Guard, staff received a distress signal at around 2pm from a fishing boat named “Royal,” eminating from about 45 miles off Lincoln City, Oregon. The helicopter crew later arrived in the area and found a “debris field and life raft” six miles from the last transmission location of a beacon onboard the ship.
“A rescue swimmer was deployed by free-fall and began recovering the survivors,” the Coast Guard reported. “The rescue swimmer assisted the individuals and dog with their safe hoist into the cabin of the helicopter. The last survivor was hoisted at 4:30 p.m.”
This footage, released by the Coast Guard, shows a rescue swimmer dropping into the water, and the crew members — as well as the dog — being hoisted into the helicopter. Credit: US Coast Guard via Storyful