A young Eugene man on Spring Break thought he’d go for a walk on the beach in front of the Inn at Otter Crest Monday morning. He walked quite a ways from a set of stairs that leads down the cliff to the shore. He rounded a point of land and kept walking. When he finally stopped to rest, he looked back and saw that his way back was now underwater.
Fortunately for Eric King, he had a cellphone. He called for help, and it was soon on the way. Depoe Bay Fire/Rescue was on scene in very short order but quickly figured out it was a job for the Lincoln County Rope Rescue Team.
Quite a few arrived on scene, and soon they had a rescuer lowered down on a long line. Rescuer Kirk Medefesser attached straps and lines to King and signaled to his pulling crew 100′ up the cliff to start pulling. Within ten minutes both Medefesser and King were safety atop the cliff – a little muddy, but safe.
Shortly thereafter King told News Lincoln County that he was not prepared to be on the beach without knowing the tide schedule. He vowed not to venture out near the waves again without knowing ahead of time when the tide will be coming back in.