Coast Guard Rescues Two Near Big Flat

Petty Officer Kristy Neumann of the United States Coast Guard confirmed that yesterday around 12:30 p.m. two individuals were rescued after their boat engine died near Big Flat.

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Stranded surfers await rescue off the steep coastal ranges near Big Flat.

Dan Gribi, a local pilot, said the two men had been surfing. They were attempting to leave when the engine failed. The surfers were then stranded in dangerous ocean conditions.  He explained that the day was “very windy with a 6-8′ swell in the water.”

Neumann explained that because of how long it would take for the Coast Guard vessel to get on the scene from Noyo where it was anchored, a helicopter from the agency was dispatched to the area “to hover around” because of the unsafe conditions until the vessel arrived. After the Coast Guard vessel reached the scene, it towed the stranded boat to Shelter Cove where the surfers were able to paddle their boat the final stretch to the shore.

Huzzah for the Coast Guard!



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