Local Fire Departments and the Coast Guard often head out along the Oregon Coast to save lives of those in distress. It happened again Sunday afternoon. Some folks on the beach south of Seal Rock called 9-1-1 and reported there was someone in a black kayak offshore and it looked grim – they said he could be in deep trouble.
The Fire Departments from Newport, Seal Rock, Waldport and Yachats raced to the scene looking for the “lost kayaker.” The Coast Guard flew four up-and-down-the-coast flights but came up with no evidence of anyone just offshore in trouble.
After about 90 minutes of eyes looking out from the shore and eyes in the Coast Guard Helo looking down on the water, they couldn’t justify running up the cost of what was turning out to be a false alarm.
So, the fire departments called an end to the search and the Coast Guard headed back to Newport. Thus far, there are no reports of a family calling wondering where their son or daughters is.
Such searches are expensive. It again begs the recommendation to report to your family or friends or someone in the immediate area you are going on a kayak excursion in a particular place, along a particular stretch of coast, the time of departure, where the departure point is and the time you expect to be back on dry land and exactly where, if possible.
It’s just common sense. It honors immediate family and everyone who is always on alert for a cry for help and to save lives.