The sea has claimed another beach visitor to Oregon. This time it’s a Nevada resident who got too close to the water’s edge on some rocks near Brookings. A companion said a large wave rose up and swept him off his perch and he disappeared into the churning waters.
Oregon State Police, two Coast Guard motorlifeboats and a Coast Guard helicopter spent many hours looking for any sign of Christopher Kareck, 21, from suburban Reno, Nevada. Finding no trace of Kareck, the Coast Guard called off their search at just before midnight last night.
It is another tragic end to what was supposed to be a very enjoyable, if not thrilling experience with the Oregon Coast. But as always, those who don’t know the coast and the dangers involved during high surf periods, it can be someone’s last moments of life. Oregon State Police and Oregon Fish and Wildlife are constantly reminding visitors to respect the ocean. Off the Oregon Coast, the waves are bigger, faster and pack more punch than anywhere else on the West Coast – a fact of life well understood by Oregon locals but sadly not taken seriously enough by visitors.
Both OSP and ODFW warn visitors constantly but it’s apparently not enough to save everyone. It always seems that unwary thrill-seekers are the first to succumb to the ominous power of the Oregon Coast.