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Three kayakers rescued by Coast Guard near Clatsop Spit

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(Photos: Coast Guard 13th District Public Affairs) (Photos: Coast Guard 13th District Public Affairs)
ASTORIA, OR (KPTV) -

Coast Guard crews rescued three capsized kayakers near Clatsop Spit at the Columbia River entrance on Tuesday.

The crew spotted the distressed kayakers around 1:55 p.m. while conducting Advanced Helicopter Rescue training near the entrance to the Columbia River.

The female kayaker was rescued by a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from the Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, WA. The crew safely took her to a waiting EMS at the Ilwaco station.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Air Station Astoria rescued the two male kayakers. They were taken to a waiting EMS at the air station.

"Regardless of how nice it looks out, always check marine weather reports before you hit the water, especially right now as various small craft advisories and gale warnings are in effect all across Oregon and Washington," said Lt. Adriana Gaenzle, operations controller at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. "Outstanding work on behalf of the crews for spotting and quickly addressing what could have easily become a disastrous situation."

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from Air Station Port Angeles, WA, also participated in the rescue by spotting the female kayaker in the vicinity of buoy 10 and helping the boat crew locate her.

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