Helicopter called in to rescue stranded boaters

Helicopter called in to rescue stranded boaters

VIDA, Ore. - If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Crews from the Lane County Sheriff's Office working to rescue two men from their partially submerged boat stuck on a rock in the McKenzie River first turned to the National Guard for help.

The two men had been stuck since at least 11:30 a.m. Friday. They have cell phones and have been in contact with people on shore as their boat takes on water.

But the National Guard's helicopter crews were away on training.

Next up: the sheriff asked the Coast Guard for help.

The Coast Guard dispatched a rescue helicopter, but it suffered some sort of problem and had to abort the mission.

A second Coast Guard helicopter from Astoria was dispatched to hoist the two men to safety.

They were safely back ashore by 4 p.m.

In the event they had fell out of their boat, however, the sheriff's office had positioned rescuers downstream.

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