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September 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Coast Guard rescues stranded boaters at Willapa Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard used an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Saturday night to rescue two boaters near Willapa Bay who were stuck in the mud trying to walk their 12-foot aluminum skiff to shore.

The Coast Guard crew, stationed at Astoria, Ore., were called in to help free a 67-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman who left their boat after it had run aground on a mud flat, the Coast Guard said in a news release. The boaters became stuck in the muck, prompting a call to 911.

The Jayhawk crew freed the boaters, hoisting them aboard the helicopter. The pair was met by an emergency medical team for evaluation.

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