Surfers save stranded boaters

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Gold Beach, Ore.- Three surfers are being credited for saving the lives of two fisherman whose boat had overturned in Gold Beach Sunday. The incident happened just before 2 p.m.

The Curry County Sheriffs Dispatch received a 911 call reporting some boats were trying to cross the mouth of the Rogue River Bar while there were breaking waves across the opening. When a Marine and Search and Rescue Coordinator responded to the jetty to see what was going on, he saw a small boat get rolled over by a large wave, throwing Michael Miller, of Brookings, and Bruce Walker, of Gold Beach, into the surf.

The sergeant called for help and requested the Coast Guard respond to the jetty. Meanwhile, the two men were seen clinging to the side of their boat.

At the same time, three local surfers were just getting ready to head into the ocean when they saw the accident. Luke Martinez and Rocky Burns swam out to Miller and Walker, helped them grab on to their surf boards, then swam them back to shore.

Miller was taken by ambulance to Curry General Hospital where he was treated for Hypothermia. Walker was assessed at the scene and determined to be in good condition.


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