CAPE KIWANDA, Ore. — PACIFIC CITY, Ore. – During the search for a missing Washington teen off Cape Kiwanda Monday, two members of the rescue crew fell off their person watercraft and into the ocean as sea conditions began to worsen
Chief Michael Spencer and Lt. Robert McCabe and ANT1 David Corcino with the Coast Guard were asked to help in the search for 17-year-old Megan Owens.
Their chopper was in the right place at the right time when they saw two rescuers, also searching for Owens, got swept by waves while on a jetski.
“Quite frankly, with the dynamic weather and waves, we did have much time to assess the risk and come up with a game plan,” Lt. McCabe said. “Luckily we train for this kind of thing and talked about a lot of ins and outs ahead of time, so it was a matter of 3 minutes between watching the jetski completely lose control, to Chief Spencer going out the door.”
Chief Spencer was hoisted into the rough seas to rescue to the two individuals.
The search for Owens was suspended Tuesday. Coast Guard helicopter and boat crews spent more than 19 hours searching, traveling 426 miles while covering more than 72 square miles.