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Drowning Death Investigation - Cape Lookout State Park
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A 20-year old Hermiston resident died Monday afternoon after he struggled in the surf at Cape Lookout State Park and was later pulled out by emergency responders. He died after being transported to a Tillamook-area hospital.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Greg Plummer, on July 25, 2011 at approximately 2:01 p.m. emergency personnel responded to a reported water rescue at Cape Lookout State Park. The victim, ZANE THOMAS GAULKE, age 20, from Hermiston, was visiting the state park as part of the Hermiston Church of the Nazarene youth group trip when he started to struggle in the ocean surf while playing 70 - 75 yards off shore in the water with three other people. The others tried to help but became fatigued and lost sight of him.
A few minutes after arriving on scene, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Detective Yvonne Garcia and two unidentified park employees waded into the surf and pulled him from the water.
GAULKE was unconscious and efforts to revive him at the scene were unsuccessful. Tillamook Ambulance transported him to Tillamook County General Hospital where resuscitation efforts continued until he was pronounced deceased at 3:35 p.m.
Assisting OSP with the investigation and scene response were Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Netarts Fire & Rescue, Tillamook Ambulance, Oregon State Parks and Recreation employees, and the U.S. Coast Guard.