June 28, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Captain Jim Kusz
Public Information, Education & Safety Office
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1
A 54-year old woman died Friday morning in a drowning accident off a Lincoln City-area beach state wayside. Oregon State Police (OSP) and Lincoln County Medical Examiner are conducting the death investigation. With the upcoming hot weather and expected influx of visitors and others recreating at Oregon's beaches, safety information and tips are provided at the end of this release.
On June 28, 2013 at approximately 10:00 a.m., the victim and her 23-year old daughter went swimming off the beach at D River Wayside State Recreation Area (http://bit.ly/18laqjT). About 15 minutes into their swim, both women were pulled out by a rip current and began to yell for help toward people on the beach. The daughter was able to swim away from the rip current and back to shore. The victim disappeared for several minutes before being spotted face down in the water off shore.
Emergency responders from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance, US Coast Guard, and OSP went to the scene. The victim was retrieved from the water and transported by ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital where she later was pronounced deceased.
The victim was visiting the area from Vancouver, Washington, with her husband and daughter. They have requested withholding her name until they had sufficient time to make other notifications. OSP will send out an updated news release when family has advised it is OK to release. (Please note this may not be for a couple days)
According to Oregon Parks & Recreation Department website, "rip currents are strong currents of water that rush out to sea. They are stronger than even the best swimmer. These currents can swiftly sweep unwary beachcombers and waders off their feet and out to sea. Rip currents may appear as dark, choppy water. Any time you see debris and foam floating out to sea, chances are you have found a rip current. Avoid the area."
Water safety experts advise if one is caught in a rip current, don't panic. Swim parallel to the beach until you are out of the current, then head for the beach.
Additional beach safety tips are available on the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department website at:
### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###