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Coast Guard advises strong caution to beachgoers

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014




WARRENTON, Ore. — Due to the recent number of fatalities, the U.S. Coast Guard strongly cautions beachgoers to be aware of possible dangers to stay safe while enjoying the Oregon and Washington coasts.

During the past two months, the Coast Guard has responded to numerous reports of beachgoers swept out into the ocean along the Pacific Northwest coast.

Four of these cases have resulted in fatalities since July 3. These include a 10-year-old girl in Long Beach, Wash., on July 3, a 53-year-old man in Seaside, Ore., on July 22, an 18-year-old man in Ocean Shores, Wash., on July 26, and a 19-year-old man in Garibaldi, Ore., earlier this month.

“In each instance, the people who got caught in the currents were visiting from out-of-town,” said Cmdr. Bill Gibbons, chief of response, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River.



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