A California tourist tried to swim across Devils Churn south of Yachats Thursday afternoon but he soon disappeared beneath the waves. Despite a search in earnest for visitor Steve Allen of suburban San Francisco, would-be rescuers couldn’t save him.
A preliminary investigation revealed Steve Allen, 67, of Walnut Creek, California, attempted to jump across Devils Churn and fell in. Others nearby tried to rescue him but were unable to retrieve him from the churning and surging waters.
It’s yet another loss of life in the swirling ocean off the Oregon Coast when visitors, who are not familiar with the often deadly surf and currents, are quickly fatigued and soon disappear amid the currents and cross-currents that are common in south Lincoln County .