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DEPOE BAY FIRE DISTRICT 

VACATION RENTAL REGISTRATION



Fogarty Creek Rescue
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By Chief Joshua Williams
October 11, 2014

DEPOE BAY FIRE & US COAST GUARD RESCUE FIVE FROM ROCKS AT FOGARTY STATE PARK

Depoe Bay, October 11, 2014, – Depoe Bay Fire District along with a United States Coast Guard Helicopter saved five people who were trapped on a large group of rocks at the Fogarty Creek State Park earlier today, according to Depoe Bay Fire Chief Joshua Williams. The initial report was that eight people were stranded, but three decided to risk their lives by jumping into the ocean. Upon arrival, one person who had jumped into the ocean was in need of medical care. The patient was transported to a local hospital. Ocean conditions on scene were dangerous, complicated by an incoming tide. Additionally, the National Weather Service had previously issued an alert for large dangerous waves along the coastline.

A US Coast Guard helicopter based in Newport was on scene within minutes, and coordinated the rescue with Depoe bay Fire personnel on the ground. One by one the individuals were taken from the rocks and safely delivered to rescuers on the beach. Once on the beach fire and medical personnel provided medical evaluation and warm blankets. Depoe Bay Fire was assisted by Pacific West Ambulance, and US Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay.

Ironically, this rescue comes just days after the USCG announced it was closing the Newport based helicopter station. “The quick response by a helo out of Newport made all the difference” said Depoe Bay Fire Chief Joshua L. Williams. “There were five frightened, cold, wet people stranded on those rocks, I needed a helo here in 10 minutes, not an hour. We depend on the USCG helo. The surf is too dangerous and too cold for firefighters to enter the water and time is not a luxury you have when performing rescues.”

Depoe Bay Rural Protection Fire District covers fourteen miles of the central Oregon coast from the Siletz Keys south to Otter Rock. Career staff and volunteers provide fire protection, rescue and emergency medical services from three stations. For more information about the District and how to become a volunteer, visit the website (www.depoebayfire.com) or contact the office at the address or phone number below.





 

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