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Death Investigation - Man Drowns Trying to Save Dog at Lincoln City Beach
02/14/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

The name of the 72-year old Lake Oswego-area man who died Sunday morning after he was swept out into the ocean while trying to rescue his dog off a Lincoln City-area beach is being released. Oregon State Police troopers from the Newport Area Command office are completing the investigation.
 
On February 14, 2010 at approximately 9:00 a.m. RICHARD WILLIAM (aka "BILL) DAVIS, age 72, from Lake Oswego, was walking on the beach with his dog at the D River Wayside when he reportedly threw a stick into the water for his dog to retrieve. Witnesses stated the dog got caught by a wave and was pulled toward the surf when DAVIS went to help his dog. Another wave hit and pulled him away from the beach.
 
A witness attempted to save DAVIS but was unable to get him back to the beach. Witnesses kept visual track of him while emergency responders were notified.
 
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue arrived and a rescue swimmer reached DAVIS, bringing him back to shore where they started CPR. OSP troopers and Lincoln City police arrived during this time. His dog was able to get back to shore and survived.
 
DAVIS was transported by Pac West ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital where he was pronounced deceased just before 10:00 a.m.
 
OSP Fish & Wildlife and Patrol Division troopers were on scene gathering witness statements when the victim's son approached them about the incident. He was visiting the Lincoln City area with some family members for the weekend. Troopers helped get family members to the hospital where they were able to positively identify DAVIS.