Four people, including two children, were rescued from the Pacific Ocean after a rip current pulled the kids out to sea Monday in Rockaway Beach, Ore., according to a report.
KGW reports the rip current pulled a pair of 12-year-old boys out about 100 yards and that two family members tried to save them. One of the family members got lifejackets to the boys, according to the news station, but couldn’t get them back to the beach.
Fire officials responded and deployed a battery-powered, remote-controlled boat, which rescued the boys and their family members, according to KGW.
It was the first time Rockaway Beach firefighters had used the boat during a rescue mission, the news station reports.
The rescued boys had hypothermia and swallowed water but are now in good health, according to KGW.
Firefighters said in a Facebook post that swimming in the ocean off Rockaway Beach is unsafe and that nearby Lake Lytle, which is just east of U.S. 101, is a safer option.