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Women struck and injured by log; public asked to avoid Oregon beaches

Photo courtesy The News Guard

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. – Fire officials are warning the public to stay off Oregon beaches Thursday after three women were surprised by a powerful sneaker wave. One of them was injured.

North Lincoln Fire and Rescue District #1 responded to the trauma call at 10:10 a.m. at Roads End beach.

Officials say the women from Portland were walking on the beach when a large wave came through, moving a log toward the women. Two of them were struck, and one was hospitalized with a leg injury.

Extremely high waves are forecast for Thursday and the water could be carrying debris with it.

High tide on the Oregon coast is at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Lincoln City firefighter Jim Kusz urges storm watchers to stay off the beaches until the surf event is over, even at lower tides.

"This is a day that you don't want to walk on the beach, no matter what," Kusz told KATU. "It's like we have sneaker-waves on steroids, a lot larger, a lot more powerful."

Kusz recommended never turning your back on the water, and to watch the waves from a safe, elevated distance.

"It's just like a tsunami," Kusz said. "It carries all the debris in, and then goes out."

The Oregon Parks Department closed several beach access spots because of high surf, erosion, and debris, including where this sneaker wave incident took place:

  • Fort Stevens Peter Iredale
  • Lincoln City D River Wayside and the Road’s End
  • Cape Kiwanda
  • Newport South Jetty
  • Boiler Bay Viewpoint
  • West parking area at Heceta Head Lighthouse
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