- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) - A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued three surfers in distress near Devil’s Punchbowl State Park.

Lincoln County 911 dispatchers received a call at 1:40 p.m. Saturday reporting that a surfer was in trouble.

Dolphin helicopter co-pilot Lt. Matthew Poore says two other surfers tried to reach that surfer but they exhausted themselves.

Poore says when the Coast Guard arrived, they picked up two surfers near the rocks and brought them to safety. They returned to find a third surfer who was unable to get himself away from the rock so they hoisted him out of the water.

Since January, the Coast Guard has responded to cases involving six people at Devil’s Punchbowl. They’re warning that this year’s weather has been intense, especially at this location.

All three men were checked by local EMS and were released in good condition.

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