Coast Guard crews rescued two surfers at Indian Beach in Ecola State Park on Saturday.

At 11:47 a.m., the Cannon Beach Rural Fire District responded to a report of "surfers in distress" at Ecola State Park, Indian Beach.

Watchstanders at the Sector Columbia River Command Center received the distress notification from Seaside 911 dispatch  directed the launch of the aircrew and a boat crew from Station Cape Disappointment.

According to the Coast Guard, both surfers were pushed by the surf into a nearby cliffside cove. The aircrew arrived on scene at around 12:15 p.m where they conducted 150-foot hoists to get the surfers to safety. The hoists were completed at 12:35 p.m. and dropped the surfers off at about 12:45.

An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sector Columbia River safely completed two hoists and transported the surfers to the Sector in Warrenton where they declined medical care and were released.

Cannon Beach Fire Chief Matt Benedict served as incident commander, and coordinated with Coast Guard for the rescue of the two people. Both surfers were rescued and transported to Astoria Air Station. 

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