In the past three days, Cannon Beach Fire has responded to three surf rescue calls.
Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue and Seaside Surf Rescue were dispatched at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, for a reported female in the water north of Ecola Creek.
According to Cannon Beach Fire, first arriving fire units contacted the reporting party. A Cannon Beach Fire rescue swimmer and a City of Cannon Beach lifeguard entered the surf. Seaside Fire launched jet skis to locate the missing person.
A short time later, the Cannon Beach Fire rescue swimmer located the victim and she was brought to shore. The victim was transported off the beach and transferred care to MEDIX ambulance. The patient was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital where they were airlifted by LifeFlight to Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
The Cannon Beach Lifeguards initiated a water rescue at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, for several juveniles who appeared to be struggling in the surf. During this time, Cannon Beach Fire, Cannon Beach Police, Seaside Surf Rescue, Nehalem Surf Rescue, and Coast Guard were dispatched to respond. Lifeguards ultimately assisted three juveniles in returning to shore.
As a police officer was preparing to clear the scene, a citizen advised police that there was still a victim in the water. The citizen stated they had rescued a 4-year-old child from the surf. The child stated their “father
was still in the water.”
Police said the child left the beach with their grandmother and was not able to be located by police or fire.
Cannon Beach Fire, Seaside Fire, Nehalem Fire, and Cannon Beach Lifeguards searched the surf for approximately 90 minutes. During this time, Coast Guard was searching via helicopter and boat and continued to search until sunset.
Meanwhile fire and police units continued to search for the child and grandmother to gather further information. There has not been a report of a missing person currently. It is believed that all subjects safely exited the water and no persons were missing.
Cannon Beach Fire and Seaside Surf Rescue were again dispatched later that day at 7:20 p.m. for a sighting of a possible person in the water near Ecola Creek. A Cannon Beach lifeguard and Seaside Rescue jet skis entered the water. Coast Guard circled the area and based on the reporting party’s description, determined that the sighting was a buoy.
Cannon Beach has experienced a surge of water rescues in the last 2 weeks. Local water currents and rip currents are particularly strong this year. Cannon Beach Fire urges all those who enjoy the coastal waters to use extreme caution. The currents can quickly become unpredictable, removing people from their footing, even in knee-deep water depths.
Cannon Beach Fire would also like to ask everyone that if you are rescued from the water, please make contact with Lifeguards, emergency responders, or police to confirm with them that everyone is out and accounted for.