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2 rescued by helicopter from Coos River jetty

Fearless II ran into a submerged object at about 12:52 a.m., causing a rudder failure.

Posted: Sep 22, 2019 6:44 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2019 10:25 AM

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Two men were rescued from a jetty at the Coos River entrance by a helicopter early Sunday morning after their boat became disabled and began drifting toward the rocks.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, commercial fishing vessel, Fearless II, ran into a submerged object at about 12:52 a.m., causing a rudder failure.  The ship drifted towards a jetty, crashing into the rocks. 

Officials said the two occupants of the boat, both male,  jumped into the water and climbed onto the jetty.

A boat crew arrived at 1:17 a.m. to assist the occupants. A helicopter aircrew arrived at 1:30 a.m. and hoisted the two people from the jetty before bringing them to emergency medical services who were waiting at the airfield. 

Officials said one of the males was treated for abrasions and a laceration. The other was uninjured. 

Salvage of the ship will not be possible, according to officials. Debris cleanup is ongoing.

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