Coastal cities look for ways to help Coast Guard: 'We want to support these folks'

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The shutdown is taking its toll on the United States Coast Guard cities across the country. In Newport, the city is taking action to help their guardsmen.

Dramatic video came in Saturday shows an afternoon rescue of two surfers stranded near Indian Beach, just north of Cannon Beach. USCG reports a Coast Guard air crew from Sector Columbia River conducted 150-feet hoists to lift the surfers to safety.

This is part of their job.

Under the government shutdown, they're currently not getting paid.

Dean Sawyer, the mayor of Newport says the Coast Guard is a crucial part of his city.

"We want to support these folks because they are a part of the fabric of our community," said Sawyer. "The Coast Guard is very important to us, we want to help out and do as much as we can."

Newport is home to large fishing fleets that guardsmen and women keep safe every day.

Earlier this week, a crew was sent out to a deadly fishing boat accident near Yaquina Bay. Three fishermen died when the boat overturned.

Sawyer says there's only so much people can do to help.

Guardsmen can't take direct donations, but Sawyer says he is working with county commissioners and local groups, like the Fishermen's Wives to find a solution.

"What we're trying to do is, I hate to say it, but find a way around the government regulations to help them out," said Sawyer.

Sawyer says next week, he's going to try to set something up with the city to wave any late utility payments during the shutdown for Coast Guard families.

He wants to make sure those trying to help go through the proper channels.

"We have a lot of good people here that when things happen, we get together, we sit down, and we find solutions to local problems," said Sawyer.

There is currently a nonprofit Chief Petty Officers fund for the North Bend Station, but you can designate donations to any station. Send donations to:

Chief Petty Officers Association North Bend
2000 Connecticut Ave.
North Bend, OR 97459

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