ASTORIA, Ore. — A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted two stranded hikers Monday night from Leadbetter State Park.
A rescue crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River hoisted the uninjured women and transported them to a nearby airport.
Coast Guard watchstanders at the Sector Columbia River Command Center received a call from Pacific County dispatch at 5:20 p.m. stating two hikers had become stranded in the park and were surrounded by water due to the incoming tide.
The aircrew launched from Air Station Astoria at 6 p.m. and arrived on scene at 6:15 p.m.
The rescue crew successfully completed the hoist and arrived at Ilwaco Airport at 7 p.m., where a Washington State Park Ranger met the women and gave them a ride back to their vehicle.
The Coast Guard reminds the public to stay alert of their surroundings and pay attention to the tides when venturing out on ocean beaches.
More information on recreational safety can be found on the Coast Guard Mobile Application: https://uscgboating.org/mobile/