DEPOE BAY — U.S. Coast Guard Crews are searching for a 20-30 year old man swept out to sea in Depoe Bay. According to a first responder, the unidentified man climbed down on the rocks and was struck by a sneaker wave around 11:30 a.m.
The sea is too rough to use boats, so the search and rescue effort is underway entirely from the air, a Coast Guard crewman told the News-Times. As of 12:30 p.m., the helicopter being used needs to refuel and another is being brought down from Sector North Bend.
Yesterday the National Weather Service issued a coastal flood warning for the central Oregon coast expected to peak midday Thursday.
The high-water event will likely send waves much further up beaches and jetties than normal.
“Structures and roads located immediately at beach level will potentially be flooded or impacted by debris. Many cove access beaches, jetties, and rocky out croppings will be covered by deep water,” the release stated.
Visitors are advised to remain away from the coastline and avoid narrow access areas where escape routes could be cut off by rising water.
The News-Times will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.