Coast guard saves three hunters, dog from coastal waters

COOS BAY, Ore. -- A response team with the Coast Guard rescued three duck hunters and their dog Saturday morning after their boat capsized near Coos Bay, officials said.

Two men and a teenager (ages 45, 26 and 13, respectively) were hunting from their 18-foot boat when it capsized.

At around 7:30 a.m. staff at The Mill Casino called the North Bend Coast Guard Group saying that they saw two of the hunters in the river near the casino.

The North Bend station immediately launched a rescue helicopter and 25-foot response boat crew to help out the stranded men.

Upon arrival, the helicopter group said that all three hunters an their dog were in the water without life jackets.

A few minutes later the response crew arrived and a rescue swimmer helped the group into the boat.

The boat took the hunters and dog ashore to a waiting medical team. All four were wet and cold but no one was injured.

 

The Coast Guard advises boaters to take proper safety precautions, especially during the winter.  Make a float plan, ensure someone knows where you'll be boating and always wear a lifejacket while in your vessel.  Hypothermia sets in quickly in cold water and life jackets significantly increase the odds of survival.