US Coast Guard (USCG) has rescued a 22-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy from a capsized canoe in waters near Bellingham (Portage Channel near Lummi Island, Wash). The whole rescue operation has been captured by aerial camera of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The Coast Guard received the distress signal on Saturday at around 10:50 am LT by a man who spotted the pair. The stranded men were quickly located by an aircrew and a boat was dispatched from Station Bellingham to the site.
The video shows both men were without life-jackets. After being rescued, they were sent to a local hospital. Both were treated for mild hypothermia's signs. The Coast Guard 13th District chief of incident management, Captain Robert Pearce, said:
“The close working relationship between the Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the outstanding actions of the boat crew resulted in two lives saved."
He stressed that the case was an evidence of the importance of having the right equipment when participating in paddle sports, especially buoyant life jackets, which are a must.
Video by U.S. Customs and Border Protection