Coast Guard rescues boaters stranded on Oregon Coast

Coast Guard rescues boaters stranded on Oregon Coast
Two boaters and their dog aboard a 22-foot boat wait for rescue after going aground on Pyramid Rock, northwest of Gold Beach, Ore., Aug. 28, 2013. The stranded boaters were able to climb the rock where they were hoisted by the crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend and safely delivered to Gold Beach without serious injuries. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

GOLD BEACH, Ore. - The Coast Guard rescued two people and a dog from a rock where they sought shelter after their boat ran aground.

The crew of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from North Bend hoisted the stranded boaters and their dog to safety Wednesday afternoon.

A Coast Guard rescue boat from Rogue River towed the vessel back to Gold Beach.

The rescue started when the boaters called the Coast Guard around 2:20 p.m. to report they had run aground on Pyramid Rock, northwest of Gold Beach.

The Coast Guard at first responded with a 25-foot response boat but couldn't reach the stranded boaters due to the shallow water. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to assist.

While awaiting the helicopter, the boaters climbed out onto Pyramid Rock due to the instability of their boat. The boat later broke free of the rock in the surf, allowing the rescue boat to attach a tow line.

The Coast Guard said the key to the rescue was the boaters themselves being prepared to call for help.

“Without the boaters call for help, we may never have known they were in need of help until they were reported missing,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Dash, an operations specialist at Coast Guard Sector North Bend.  “Having proper safety gear on board a boat, including a way to communicate in the case of an emergency, can be the difference between life and death. The boaters were prepared and we were able to save them in their time of need.”