Coast Guard rescues 40 young teens, 6 adults stranded at camp due to fallen trees

PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday rescued 40 teenagers and six adults who became stranded at an outdoor recreation camp on the Olympic Peninsula west of Port Angeles.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Ali Flockerzi says the group called for help Friday afternoon, saying they had lost power at Camp David on Crescent Lake  and that trees were blocking their way out.

The campers were from Stevens Middle School out of Port Angeles, Wash. They were on a school-sponsored, annually conducted trip to Crescent Lake.

Flockerzi says the Coast Guard trailered a 29-foot boat to another location on the same lake as the camp and was using it as a ferry to bring campers out in groups. It took about six trips and nearly six hours, to get everyone out of the camp and to a waiting bus.

No injuries were reported.

The young campers were 13 and 14 years old, the Coast Guard said, and thought the boat ride was "cool".