‘Mass Rescue’ of Kayakers, Paddlers Caught Off Guard During Deception Pass Event
More than a dozen people were rescued after falling in the water during the Deception Pass Challenge.
Saved by the Jacket
Marine rescue crews, including a boat from Coast Guard Station Bellingham, rescued more than 20 paddlers caught off guard and capsized by winds during the Deception Pass Challenge paddling and rowing race over the weekend.
“This incident highlights the outstanding interagency teamwork we have here in the greater Puget Sound’s search and rescue system,” said Capt. Patrick Hilbert, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. “It also reinforces the importance of wearing a life jacket and constantly assessing the increased risks posed by the weather and water conditions that are always changing here in the Pacific Northwest.”