On July 20th at 1:57 pm North Lincoln Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to “two teens in a Rip Current unable to get in” off the coast in Lincoln City approximately 100 yards off shore near Beach Access 41 at Chinook Winds Casino & Resort.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue Water Rescue crews deployed two surf rescue vehicles, notifications had been made to the United States Coast Guard Life Boat Station in Depoe Bay and United States Coast Guard Air Station in Newport; USCG deployed both a 47 foot vessel from Depoe Bay and their helicopter from Newport. Pacific West Ambulance also responded to the scene.
Upon arrival at North Lincoln Fire & Rescue located the teen and coordinated the launched a single PWC “Jet Ski” with two swimmers and made contact with a single swimmer 14 year old William Denison from Lehi, Utah at 2:11 pm; rescuers brought him ashore a minute later at 2:12 pm, to awaiting North Lincoln Fire crews for transport via an awaiting Surf Rescue unit to Pacific West medics staged at the resort location for transport to North Lincoln Samaritan Hospital for evaluation.
The initial call of two teens came in because William’s friend, Ian (last name unknown) 22 years old swam out to assist making contact with William but unable to bring him back in. Ian was able to make it back to shore unharmed as Surf Rescue units began arriving. William Denison was evaluated at the hospital and released a few hours later.
William told me he was wading, not swimming when he lost contact of bottom of sea floor and swept out to sea. Approximately 50% of all water rescue calls in the ocean are Rip Current calls; learn to recognize rips and what to do if you get caught in the “grip of a rip”.
Rip currents are strong currents of water that rush out to sea. They are stronger than even the best swimmer. These currents can swiftly sweep unwary beachcombers and waders off their feet and out to sea. Rip currents may appear as dark, choppy water. Any time you see debris and foam floating out to sea, chances are you have found a rip current. Avoid the area.
Be Beach Smart: Parents keep your kids close when playing in the ocean. If caught in a rip current, don’t panic. Swim parallel to the beach until you are out of the current, then head for the beach.
Information and photos provided by NLFR