On February 5, 2011 in Yachats, two Eugene teen males were throwing frisbee and foos football between the rocks and the waves near the Adobe Resort. A big sneaker wave came ashore and knocked them both in the water. Both drowned. Jack Harsonkram 17, and Connor Ausland, 18 were lost despite heroic efforts by the Coast Guard, Oregon State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and Yachats Search and Rescue.
Both Jack and Connor went to South Eugene High School. They were at the beach during an outing with a number of families. After their deaths, their families and residents of Eugene decided to create a memorial to the two young men to celebrate their short lives and to warn everyone about the dangers of the sea.
Sculptors Ellen Tykeson and Lee Imonen created the memorial. Over 300 community donors came forward to contribute. Several hiking and outdoor recreation authors are expected to write about the Coastal Safety Marker to remind coast visitors to not only admire the majesty of the ocean, but to remain vigilant in staying safe while visiting.