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Daring helicopter rescue saves two men from cave

Modified: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard, who rescued two young men from a cave at Cape Perpetua on Valentine’s Day, recalled the dicey maneuver the next day at their hangar at Newport Municipal Airport. The aviators, and the two men they rescued, are shown inside Coast Guard Air Facility Newport. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

WALDPORT — In a daring night maneuver, the crew of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter saved two college students who were swept into a sea cave at Cape Perpetua on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Buffeted by gusts of wind and a mere rotor’s distance from a rock cliff, four aviators led by Lt. Zachary Wiest, pilot in command, hatched a plan to winch the battered survivors 200 feet to the hovering chopper — twice the distance of any previous aerial rescue they could remember.

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