NEAR SHELTON, Wash. -- Mason County rescuers borrowed a shellfish boat to reach a car that crashed down an embankment and landed on the beach along Oakland Bay near Shelton.
State Patrol reports the driver of a Honda CRV missed and turn and tried to turn around on State Route 3 and backed over a steep embankment. Both passengers were wearing their seatbelts but got roughed up during the violent fall. One man was able to call for help.
"He did say in order to call for help he had to put his cellphone back together that was in pieces," said Mason County Fire Chief Tim McKern.
Central Mason Fire used a boat owned by Taylor Shellfish to cross Oakland Bay to reach the vehicle. The Squaxin Tribe also sent a help boat. Both men were taken by boat to the Shelton Yacht Club to a waiting ambulance. 30 year old Philip Estes of Lacey was taken to Mason General with neck and back pain. An Airlift Northwest chopper took 23 year old Astagfarr Ahmath of Olympia to Harborview Medical Center where he is in serious condition.
"The tide was out," said McKern. "We can be thankful the tide was out so it worked out well for us."