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Information Regarding Rescue During Tsunami Surge on Curry County Beach
03/11/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A brother and sister camping at the southern Oregon coast nearly found themselves unknowing victims of Friday's tsunami surges when they became caught by the surf while walking along the beach near Pistol River in Curry County. The two people were camping in the area with friends and said they were unaware of the events in Japan or that a tsunami warning was in place along the coast.
 
According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Scott Punch, on March 11, 2011 at approximately 9:53 a.m. Curry County 9-1-1 received a call of two people swept into the ocean during a tsunami surge in the Pistol River area west of Highway 101 near milepost 338. Punch arrived four minutes later and saw two people, including an unnamed Pistol River volunteer firefighter, pulling a female from the surf. Punch ran to the rescuers and helped carry the woman onto the beach to higher ground ahead of another surge.
 
With the help of Trooper Paul Rushton who arrived with a blanket, the firefighter and troopers provided initial medical care until EMS arrived. The woman, ALI FJELDOS, age 22, from Tremonton, Utah was transported by Cal-Or Ambulance to Curry General Hospital where she was being treated and is expected to be released.
 
The woman's brother, JULIAN BOURNOVIELLE, age 28, from Medford, was also on the beach and was able to escape the surging surf on his own.
 
The siblings said they were with friends at a local campground and traveled that morning to the Pistol River area. Thinking it was near low tide, they began walking along the water line on the beach when they were swept into the water by the tsunami surge.
 
There are no other details, names or contact information for those mentioned above.