Search for send drowning victim continues in ocean near Newport

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by David Krough and Mike Benner / KGW

NWCN.com

Posted on November 11, 2010 at 11:27 AM

NEWPORT, Ore. -- A woman drowned and another person was missing after they were swept off of the South Jetty of Yaquina Bay in Newport Wednesday.

Searchers found the body of the woman.  The Coast Guard and Newport rescue crews were still searching for a man who they believe was also swept into the ocean.

The search started around 1 p.m. Dave Morgan with the Lincoln County News said a man and a woman had parked their bikes on the beach and walked out to see the huge waves.

Morgan told KGW the man clung to the light installation and the woman was crouched on the rocks when a series of 30-40 foot waves pummeled them and eventually swept them into the water.

Coast Guard information officer Nate Littlejohn said their boats were called off due to severely dangerous seas with swells of 18 to 20 feet at the jetty.

Searchers in a USCG helicopter and on the beach continued their efforts to find the man.

"I just think about my son in Sacramento," said tourist Karen Hand.  "It could've been us."

The two victims have not yet been identified.

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