KLIPSAN BEACH — A Coast Guard aircrew rescued a person from a sailboat about a mile off the Long Beach Peninsula Friday evening, Jan. 3. 

There could hardly be a worse time to be in the ocean off the Pacific County coast. A gale warning is in effect, with gusts around 50 mph and a combined swell of up to 20 feet.

A rescue crew from Newport, Oregon flying an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter lifted a person off their 29-foot sailboat, according to Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read with the Public Affairs Detachment for Coast Guard District 13. 

The boat was still adrift on the ocean at about 5:30 p.m, Read said. The person rescued was flown to the Coast Guard station in Warrenton and no injuries are being reported at this time.


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