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May 27, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Coast Guard rescues four people near Smith Island

The Coast Guard rescued four people near Smith Island on Saturday night, including two divers who had been swept away by strong currents.

The two divers were reported missing at 7:35 p.m. Saturday. They had been diving off Smith Island, which is west of Whidbey Island. The Coast Guard dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and the cutter Terrapin from Port Angeles. A second, 45-foot response boat was dispatched from Bellingham.

The divers were rescued by the crews of Terrapin and the helicopter. One of the divers was transported to Port Angeles for treament of hypothermia and dehydration.

The Coast Guard crews also rescued two dive-crew members who had beached their boats during the rescue and were unable to move them.

 

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