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Two surfers with little experience with Oregon’s huge waves that are coming ashore following two very strong Pacific storms earlier in the week, were stranded on rocks just west of Quarry Cove on the Yaquina Head Natural Area. The two were overcome by the power and height of the waves and were hold up in a small cove at the bottom of a very steep cliff.
The two began calling out for help. Fortunately veteran local surfer George DeSoto, who just happened to be watching the waves from above, heard their cries and raced back home to put on his wetsuit and summoned his friend, Taylor Olson. When they arrived back at the scene Olson got down to the stranded surfers and led them up the cliff face. DeSoto managed to retrieve their boards. He found his way ashore just west of where the two were rescued.
DeSoto said his friend Olson, who is a special education teacher at Newport High School, calmly reassured the stranded surfers that they were going to be alright and led them up a steep cliff face that took them to the look out just west of Quarry Cove. Both said they didn’t want their names “out there” but did say they were from Corvallis and that they had heard that the surfing conditions were better than they were over the past two weeks when storms were coming ashore. They said they didn’t anticipate the huge size of the waves and the cross currents in the area. They said it totally intimidated them. As daylight faded they found themselves in a small cove near the base of a cliff. With mountains of water roaring past them and a cliff face at their back they said all they could do was yell for help. So they did. And that’s when George DeSoto heard them and swung into action.
Desoto said all surfers, whether experienced or not, must respect the power of big waves. DeSoto added that the conditions Sunday afternoon were so treacherous even experienced surfers like himself were not in the water.