Members of Seaside Fire Department’s water rescue team played a key role in the rescue of two people stranded on the rocks near Hug Point on Saturday night.
Seaside Fire Chief Joey Daniels said Monday water rescue training “really worked out” in saving a mother and her 7-year-old child.
This was “not a simple rescue,” City Manager Mark Winstanley added at Monday’s Seaside City Council meeting. “It was in some tough surf.”
The response came after Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue received a call of the woman and child in distress.
Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District, led by Chief Matt Benedict, responded to the incident, along with Seaside Water Rescue and the U.S.Coast Guard.
Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue responded as a standby to cover calls in Cannon Beach.
Two members of Seaside’s rescue team entered the water on jet skis, Winstanley said. “They were having a great deal of difficulty even finding the two people that were down there,” he said.
One of the jet skiers stood by while the other went in with a swimmer and were able to help get people off the rocks onto the jet skis, Winstanley added.
Responders towed the two to shore amid high surf.
“The surf was high, and jet skis were having their own issues,” Winstanley said. “He (Daniels) made it sound like it’s an everyday event, but it’s not.”