UPDATE Posted on Wednesday, July 11:
The following is a clarification from the North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District concerning the ocean rescue on Monday, July 9, in Lincoln City.
Monday, July 9, at approximately 2 p.m. North Lincoln Fire & Rescue was dispatched to two boys on boogie boards in distress about 100 yards off the beach access at Canyon Drive in Lincoln City.
Local longboard and kite surfer 53-year-old, Jim “Jumpin’ Jim” Kerr, noticed fire engines and ambulances at the beach and heard screaming from the family for help. He noticed two boys caught in a “Rip Current” and at this time a third victim a middle-aged man who swam out to try to retrieve the boys closer to shore struggling in the water.
Kerr, quickly put on his wetsuit and grab his board and went out to rescue the youngest of the two boys and brought him back to the beach and to the arms of the boy’s grateful mother.
At the same time, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue volunteer firefighter Lt. Loren Nordyke (and water rescue team leader) waded out to the man who attempted help the boys and assisted him back to shore.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue’s surf rescue team arrived, quickly deployed one of their PWC’s (Jet-ski) and retrieved the older boy.
The two boys, cousins 10 and 15 years old from Pocatello, Idaho had been wearing wetsuits, were checked by medics at the scene and released to their parents. The adult male from Seattle, was transported by Pacific West Ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital for observation.
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Previous News Guard coverage:
OCEAN RESCUE: 3 people pulled from the surf
Three people, including a 10-year-old boy, a teenage boy and an adult male are recovering after being rescued just after 2 p.m. on Monday, July 9, at the Canyon Drive Wayside Beach in Lincoln City.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue Division Chief Rob Dahlman said the two boys were boogie boarding when they were caught in a rip current and pulled out to sea.
Hearing the family of the two screaming for help as the two were being pulled out, an adult male on the beach ran into the surf to try to save the two, according to Dahlman.
"As he swam out, he became tired and couldn't reach the two," Dahlman said. "He eventually made his way back near land and one of our firefighters was able to go into the surf and help him back to shore."
Meantime, a NLFR crew arrived with jet skis that were quickly deployed into the water and out to the two victims.
"The boys were less than 100 yards from shore," Dahlman said. "We were able to reach them and bring them back to shore."
The two boys were checked by medics at the scene and released to their parents. The male, from Seattle, was transported by Pacific West Ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital for observation.
"The two boys from Idaho and likely did not know about the rip currents or how to escape them," he said.
Dahlman urges anyone visiting the beaches along the Oregon Coast to know the dangers.
"Anyone living here, knows that you swim parallel to a rip current if you are caught, and find your way back to shore," Dahlman said. "Also it's important that you don't try to save someone caught in the rip. Wait until the professionals get there and keep eyes on them so we know were to go."
The names of the three people rescued were not immediately released.
Read more about the ocean dangers in a series of stories at thenewsguard.com.