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Not the smartest thing to do after a major blow and downpour – Child hit by floating log off 21st in Lincoln City

Between big trees and dock parts in the surf and residual rip currents.....

Between big trees and dock parts in the surf and residual rip currents…..

With the lure of a big sky, big surf and the immense majesty of the sea, who wouldn’t want to get down to basics on the beach and immerse yourself in it?

Answer: People who have no clue as to the killing power of the natural environment.

With a massive disgorging of trees, limbs, pieces of docks and all the rest floating around in that surf, it’s just plain dangerous. Add in rip currents that are in full bloom and it’s REALLY dangerous. These two guys are obviously of the opinion that what you can’t see, can’t hurt you.

And no sooner as I wrote those words North Lincoln Fire-Rescue got a call that a seven year old child had been run over by a floating log near the 21st Street beach access in Lincoln City. Two family members were with the child.

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Rescuers rushed to the scene but had to access the beach at 15th due to high surf. Incident happened at a high tide at a 7.5 and high tide was at 11:45am.

Rescuers weaved and dodged their way down from 15th to 21st. In the meantime Lincoln City Police Officers jumped in to immediately access the victims.

An ambulance that had been initially staged at 15th was ordered south to 21st. Beach rescue personnel finally got to the 21st Street stairs and loaded the child onto the rescue rig. A few minutes later the child was in an ambulance bound for North Lincoln Hospital. Condition of the child was not immediately released.

Later the child was air-lifted to a hospital in Portland. Severe trauma.

So…real life lesson here. Stay off the beaches for the next few days.

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