PRESS RELEASE: The Coast Guard rescued two men and a dog from a recreational vessel adrift in Penn Cove Monday, Feb. 25. VIDEO
Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a report at approximately 10:30 a.m., stating a small pleasure craft was adrift in Penn Cove near Coupeville, Wash., with what appeared to be two distressed people on board.
Sector Puget Sound diverted an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles and Cutter Adelie to assist.
The helicopter crew arrived on scene to find two men and a dog aboard the approximate 18-foot boat battling 40-knot winds and five to eight-foot swells approximately one mile off Long Point. The vessel had no engine, sail, or other means of propulsion.
The helicopter crew lowered a rescue swimmer and successfully hoisted both people and the dog to safety. The people were transported to Whidbey General Hospital. They were last reported to have been released with no injuries.
The people stated they had been adrift since approximately 8:30 a.m., when they were blown away from shore while attempting to trailer the vessel.