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Two Eugene Teens Drown in Pacific Ocean near Yachats
02/06/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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The bodies of two South Eugene High School students swept into the Pacific Ocean near Yachats Saturday afternoon have been recovered.  The Oregon State Police (OSP) and Lincoln County Medical Examiner will be completing the investigation.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Justin McGladrey, on February 5, 2011 at approximately 12:40 p.m. OSP Northern Command Center dispatch was notified by Lincoln County 9-1-1 that a group of teenagers were on a rocky outcropping near Adobe Resort on the south end of Smelt Sands State Park when two of them were swept into the ocean. Their friends were not able to help them and both subsequently drowned.
 
One of the victims, CONNOR GREGORY AUSLAND, age 18, was recovered Saturday afternoon following efforts by U.S. Coast Guard, Oregon State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Yachats Fire Department.
 
The body JACK HARNSONGKRAM, age 17, was recovered Sunday morning after a local citizen who was aware of Saturday's drownings was checking the shoreline about 7:00 a.m. near where the teen was missing and spotted his body on the rocks. Yachats Fire Department personnel responded and recovered the body before it was washed back into the ocean.
 
OSP have been  working with South Eugene High School administrators and staff to help their students and families during this difficult time.
 
Questions for the school should be directed Ms. Kerry Delf at (541) 520-6880 or at delf_k@4j.lane.edu.