SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN) — A family reunion in Seaside was visited by tragedy Thursday afternoon as cousins from Oklahoma were caught in rip currents off the coast.
One cousin, Conner Moore of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was found by the US Coast Guard but died at Providence Seaside Hospital. He was 13. Carter Moore, 14 from Kingston, Oklahoma, was airlifted to a Portland-area hospital Thursday night and released Friday morning.
Authorities said the teens were with many other family members vacationing for the reunion.
Lifeguards saw them struggling in the water in front of the turnaround around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Coast Guard and the Seaside Fire Department said Thursday that they rescued “two young males” from the ocean. On Friday morning they confirmed one had died.Seaside Division Chief David Rankin says that as the beach becomes more popular and the water warms, the potential for danger grows.
“Every year now it seems like we’re getting more and more water rescues at the beach,” he says.
Rankin says swimmers need to look out for rip currents, which can be deadly if you’re not prepared.
“The biggest thing is you’re going to find yourself getting sucked further out to sea.The natural reaction is to try to swim straight back into the shore, but you’re gonna get tired. You need to swim parallel along the shore until you break out of that rip,” he says.