CAPE D - A captain was pulled off his boat with medical problems, a surfer was rescued and a man airlifted after diving off a waterfall over the busy summer weekend, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
At 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Pacific County dispatchers reported a boat was disabled with engine failure, and its operator was apparently coughing up blood and experiencing stomach pain, the Coast Guard said. A helicopter crew took the man off the vessel and transferred him to paramedics waiting at Air Station Astoria.
Meanwhile, a motor lifeboat from Station Cape Disappointment towed the converted sailing vessel Crazy Dane to Ilwaco and later to Astoria's East Mooring Basin, where the owner had reserved space. McCracken said the man, whose name was not released, had an existing medical condition.
At 5:10 p.m. Sunday, Grays Harbor County dispatchers requested help for a young man who was complaining of neck and back pain after diving off Wynoochee Falls. Emergency medical technicians couldn't reach the isolated waterfall by ambulance and had to hike in, said Petty Officer Darin McCracken at USCG Group Astoria. A helicopter crew flew to the scene and hoisted aboard the patient, along with one EMT, and flew them to the Bowerman Field airport in Hoquiam for transfer to the hospital.