Big Waves Make Conditions Dangerous On Oregon Coast

Jan 23, 2017

Strong waves injured two people at the Oregon coast this weekend.
A high-surf advisory was in effect Saturday when firefighters responded to a vacation rental in Lincoln City.

Huge waves battered the Oregon coast on Saturday.
Credit Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

The rising tide had partially collapsed a deck, leaving a woman clinging to the edge of an attached hot tub.
Firefighters say the woman's husband pulled her to safety and she was treated for minor injuries. Crews returned a couple hours later after a sneaker wave hit a woman walking on the beach. She suffered a broken ankle.
Captain Jim Kusz is with North Lincoln Fire and Rescue. He says the storms off the coast have created a sea surge.
“Large waves have been coming up the shore and at high tide especially it’s been very, very powerful,"  Kusz says, "And really right off the bat we want to tell everyone to always check the tide-table. But if waves and sea surge looks as bad as it did this weekend, just don’t venture on the beach.”
This weekend’s incidents came a week after a man and his 3-year-old son died when they were swept away by a sneaker wave at Cape Blanco.

Copyright 2017 KLCC.