August 1, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lincoln County Medical Examiner, is conducting the death investigation into Wednesday evening's drowning incident in the ocean off a Lincoln City-area beach.
Information from OSP and North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1 indicates on July 31, 2013 at approximately 8:40 p.m., local emergency responders were dispatched to a water rescue call along the beach in the 3800 block of SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City. Upon arrival, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue deployed two jet skis into the water and located an unresponsive adult male at approximately 9:01 p.m. about 200 yards from shore. Rescuers brought the man back to shore and began CPR before he was transported by Pacific West Ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Additional information gathered during the investigation indicates the victim, KERRY EUGENE BAMFORD, age 56, from Pasco, Washington, was body surfing with a friend. BAMFORD was spotted by his friend about a hundred yards from shore trying to swim back to the beach when he lost sight of BAMFORD. The friend notified onlookers on the beach who called 9-1-1, initiating the emergency response and water rescue.
Responding agencies included North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1, Lincoln City Police Department, Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, Pacific West Ambulance, Lincoln County Medical Examiner, and OSP.
OSP Trooper Michael Hansen is the lead investigator.
Questions for North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1 should be directed to Captain Jim Kusz at (541) 996-2233.
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