Coast Guard rescues 2 kayakers near San Juan Islands

SEATTLE -- A Coast Guard Station Bellingham boat crew rescued two kayakers from the water near the San Juan Islands, Saturday evening July 14, 2018.

The boat crew arrived in their 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, located and recovered the kayakers and then transferred them to a Bellingham Fire and Rescue Boat crew, where an Emergency Medical Technician began the initial treatment for hypothermia.

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Coast Guard hoists injured hiker from Obstruction Island

A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted an hiker after she suffered head and back injuries from a fall off a cliff on Obstruction Island, Wednesday.

A still from a video shows an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles hoists an injured female hiker and their rescue swimmer from Obstruction Island, Wash., July 4, 2018. Both were hoisted at the same time so that the rescue swimmer could operate a bag-valve mask and to maintain the hiker’s breathing.  CLICK for VIDEO  U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles.

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Injured woman rescued from grounded boat near Sucia Island

A 70-year old woman aboard a 36-foot sailboat was seriously injured when the boat ran aground in Echo Bay near Sucia Island Monday afternoon, July 2, 2018. A successful joint rescue effort involved multiple private boaters, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, San Juan County Sheriff's Office, Vessel Assistance and the U.S. Coast Guard. 

An aviation survival technician, from Air Station Port Angeles, and Petty Officers 3rd Class Jordan Harlacher and Matthew Boyd, both 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crewmembers from Station Bellingham tend to an injured woman near Sucia Island, Wash., July 2, 2018. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read U.S. Coast Guard District 13

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Coast Guard reminds mariners not to use emergency flares as celebration tools during 4th of July

 SEATTLE — The Coast Guard reminds Pacific Northwest mariners not to use emergency flares as celebration tools and offers other safety reminders ahead of this 4th of July week.

Crewmembers stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter Munro light off a signal flare during training while transiting to Hawaii, Mar. 5, 2017. All boat crew members are required to know the safe operating procedures for emergency signaling devices. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Pedro Sullivan.

The days leading up to and after the Independence Day holiday are often extremely busy on waterways and beaches and previous years have shown an influx of Coast Guard responses.

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