by Emily Hamann
Two men are safe after their boat capsized just off the South Jetty on May 23. The crew of a rescue boat from the Humboldt Bay Coast Guard rushed to pull the two fishermen out of the water, according to a Coast Guard press release.
A bystander saw the 16-foot boat flip over and contacted the Coast Guard.
The crew threw a lifeline into the water for the two men to grab onto, but one of the men was so cold he could not move to grab it. His fellow survivor had to help him grab the rope. Back on shore, one of the men was treated for hypothermia.
It was the first real-life rescue for one crew member. From the press release:
"It was my first time seeing everything come together," said Seaman Noah Perry, a newly qualified crewman. "And even though it was really intense, and we took a few breakers, everyone fell back on their training. It felt really good."
Both the men were wearing life jackets when their boat flipped over, and the Coast Guard reminds everyone to always wear a life jacket when boating.
The Coast Guard also reminds boaters to carry safety equipment and check the weather before going out on the water. It also recommends carrying a VHF-FM radio in addition to a cell phone.