Two Cannon Beach lifeguards rescued 26-year-old David Scalf, of Colorado, who became stranded on an outcropping of rock at Hug Point during high tide during the afternoon of July 23.

Scalf had been out in the surf and “got caught in the rip (tide) and couldn’t get out,” said Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn. He was getting tired, “so he got on top of one of the rocks and was trying to flag people down for help.”

Because the weather was windy and the waves choppy, the lifeguards chose not to use their jet skis and, instead, took a surf board out to Scalf and pulled him toward the shore.

When tides are at their lowest, “you can pretty much walk right up to” the rock where Scalf got stuck, Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue Chief Mike Balzer said. “If the tide is in, it’s about 30 yards off the beach.”

Scalf suffered a few minor scraps on his legs from climbing on the rock, Balzer said. He refused treatment and transport to Providence Seaside Hospital.


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