Nude woman on beach at Otter Crest Loop initially said to be “out of it” refuses medical help. Fire trucks and ambulance (with a beach rig) ordered back to quarters.
Depoe Bay and North Lincoln Fire-Rescue got a call Saturday afternoon that there was a nude woman either in the water or on the beach who seemed not fully aware of her specific situation. Due to the remoteness of the location and the difficulty of access, Depoe Bay Fire asked Lincoln City-based North Lincoln Fire-Rescue to send a beach rig down to attempt retrieval of the woman. An ambulance was also ordered to the scene in case medical issues may be involved with the woman.
But about 15 minutes into the call, word from the scene from the first arriving rescuers was that the woman suddenly became adamant that she wanted no intervention or even medical evaluation and that she wanted to be left alone.
With that, word went out over the 9-1-1 channels that all units were to turn around and head back to their respective fire halls. The incident was cancelled.
Usually law enforcement or fire-rescue personnel evaluate an uncooperative person’s mindset and level of danger before they leave. Although the “official” incident was cancelled they would not leave someone who was not capable of ascertaining their true condition or the circumstances of their immediate environment. If a person is about to become a victim, they arrange for someone sober to be with the person or there might already be one on scene.