Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s report of a missing teenage female that fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.
On Monday at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff’s deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
During the search, two members from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching for Meg Owens on personal watercraft, were swept off their jet ski by a big wave and into the churning cauldron. Precision flying by the chopper pilot and the boundless courage of the rescue guardsman at the end of the chopper rescue line saved the two NLFR personnel. Had the chopper crew not been on scene when the jet skiers were knocked off their vehicle, two other lives would have been lost.
Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night for Meg Owens – the search by then being a body retrieval operation. Search of the area will continue and will be conducted by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office.
Below is a nail-biting video taken by an observer who recorded the Coast Guard chopper rescue of the two NLFR personnel.
The video is very dramatic. The first victim is rescued. Then there is a short period between rescues where the witness is pummeled by the wind from the chopper’s blades. But the witness does turn back around and aims his cell phone downward just in time to capture the second rescuer being lifted up and placed onto a ridge that led up to a safe area. Again, both men were taken to local hospitals to be checked out. They were a bit tossed and bruised but otherwise they were fine and were sent home. What these men do while saving others. Utterly amazing.