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Surf rescue off Waldport – man tries to swim across the Alsea River jaws into an outgoing tide.

Search and Rescue jet skis search surf line.  Can't find him.

Search and Rescue jet skis search surf line. Can’t find him.

Coast Guard Chopper heads farther north and finds the swimmer cold but alive just beyond the surf line.

Coast Guard Chopper heads farther north and finds the swimmer cold but alive just beyond the surf line. Glen Weaver photos from Cliff House B&B

7:31pm
Surf rescue off Waldport. Coast Guard chopper summoned.

7:32pm
Reports from the scene say a man in a wetsuit was standing on the south bank of the Alsea River off Waziyata Avenue. Then he waded into the river and started swimming for the north bank. About half-way over he got swept downstream toward the jaws by the outgoing tide. Then he was gone.

Central Coast Fire-Rescue and Seal Rock jet ski searchers are combing the area trying to find him.

7:40pm
The Coast Guard Helo found him. Discussion about whether to set him down at the Port of Alsea or at Patterson Park. It sounds like he’s still alive.

7:47pm
Discussion now seems to be centered around the chopper landing at the old high school site and transferring him to an ambulance, if necessary.

7:51pm
Coast Guard Helo will set the swimmer down at the old high school where fire-rescue units are waiting.

7:56pm
Coast Guard Helo has headed north to PCH in Newport with the swimmer still aboard. One report from the scene is that although he was wearing a wetsuit, he was still in the water going on 90 minutes.

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