Epic U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Captured on Video in the Pacific Northwest

6 February 2023

Amazing footage from the 13th District of the U.S. Coast Guard depicts the recovery of a mariner whose boat capsized in the waters near the Pacific Northwest.

The event happened on Friday around 6 miles west of the Columbia River mouth.

The damaged 35-foot Sandpiper overturned by a breaking wave as a rescue swimmer neared it, but several units arrived and saved the mariner.

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At 10 a.m. on Friday, Sector Columbia River watchstanders heard an audible MAYDAY call on VHF marine-band channel 16. No further details were given. The origin of the distress call was approximately located via radio tower triangulation.

A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from the Advanced Rescue Helicopter School and a Station Cape Disappointment crew in a 47-foot motor lifeboat took off from the station. While conducting training nearby, other crews from the National Motor Lifeboat School diverted as well to assist.

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John “Branch” Walton, an aviation survival technician third class, rescued his first life as a rescue swimmer. He and his classmates received their Advanced Rescue Helicopter School diplomas a few hours later.

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