July 2, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
A 54-year old woman died last Friday morning in a drowning accident off a Lincoln City-area beach state wayside. Oregon State Police (OSP) and Lincoln County Medical Examiner are completing the death investigation.The drowning victim is identified as KATHRYN (KATHY) AGNES GENT, age 54, from Vancouver, Washington.
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.
She was visiting the area from Vancouver, Washington, with her husband and daughter.
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