There have been conflicting reports about kids stuck in a large hole inside a headland rock on the beach in Yachats…but here’s what it seems to be boiling down to…
Six young kids playing tag with the waves in Yachats probably had their lives saved by a passing adult this afternoon, when that adult ordered them up and out of a cave or hole, along the rocky shore. The tide was out, so the kids may have believed it was safe to play chicken with the few waves that still made it all the way up the beach. As the waves approached, the kids would scamper up across the rocks ahead of the rushing waves.
Reports say the adult told the kids they were very much in danger and to get out of there and come back to solid ground, which they did. All kids are safe and accounted for. However, word circulated in the area that two kids were still down in a hole with the tide coming in.
Fire Rescue units raced to the scene but again, all the kids wound up being accounted for.
But it leaves the glaring lesson that the beach is for fun – not for playfully risking one’s life. Also that parents should take the beach very seriously which includes knowing exactly where their children are, who they’re with and exactly what they’re doing.
The beach is as beautiful as it is deadly. And it is QUITE beautiful and very attractive for children. Two Eugene High School seniors were playing frisbee between rocks back in the winter of 2010-11 near Smelt Sands Park. Both were swept off the rocks and drowned.