Wednesday, July 13, 2005
DALLAS -- Dallas resident and former Whitworth student, J.R. Davis, 13, was swept out to sea off the Oregon Coast near Neskowin Beach on Saturday, July 9.
At 11:15 a.m. the Oregon Coast Guard received word from a passerby that two people were struggling in the surf.
Immediately three helicopters, a motor life boat, a surf rescue boat and a land mobile unit were launched from various bases along the coast.
The helicopter and boat crews searched throughout the day in 6- to 8-foot breaking waves, but found no sign of Davis.
Davis's father, James, was also washed out to sea but was rescued and taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated then released.
The Coast Guard believes that the father and son were caught in a rip current and could not escape. Officials remind people of how hazardous the Oregon coast can be -- there are swift currents and unpredictable sneaker waves that can grab swimmers and pull them further out to sea. Also, debris, such as logs that weigh several tons, can injure swimmers.
The Coast Guard asks people to always use facilities where a lifeguard is present.
Davis's family has not yet announced any funeral or service arrangements.