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Press Release | Feb. 13, 2023

Coast Guard rescues 2 people from rowboat in Hood Canal, WA

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard rescued two people Sunday who were unable to maneuver their rowboat due to weather conditions in the Hood Canal.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a report at 6:18 p.m. of two people aboard a rowboat in Hood Canal who were struggling to maneuver their vessel for over two hours due to strong currents and 35–40-knot winds.

Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Seattle 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew and a Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew to assist the mariners in distress. 

The aircrew arrived on scene at 7:45 p.m., deployed a rescue swimmer and hoisted both people into the helicopter. 

The aircrew transported both people to family members at Bremerton National Airport in stable condition.