Everett, WA- On November 19, 2017 around 2:00PM, four wind surfers ventured out near Kayak Point, north of Everett. There had been a gale warning in effect for the Puget Sound and Hood Canal areas as of 9:00AM. Weather conditions on scene were reported as very rough with three-to-four foot seas and up to 45 MPH winds.
Of the four wind surfers, two made it back to shore and contacted the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound to report they had lost sight of the other two surfers, about an hour prior to their call.
U.S. Coast Guard air and boat crews, Snohomish County Marine Units, and a Tulalip Fire Department Boat Crew participated in the rescue of the two male wind surfers. The first surfer was located and rescued by a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles. The second surfer was pulled from the water by the Tulalip Fire Department boat crew.
One of the two rescued surfers reported that the heavy winds prevented him from getting back to shore, and he then became too exhausted to lift the sails on his board. Both surfers were reported to be in good condition and required no medical assistance.