Vancouver woman swept out to sea in Lincoln City dies

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A Vancouver woman, 54, died Friday morning after a rip current swept her out to sea in Lincoln City, Ore.

Around 10 a.m. she went swimming with her 23-year-old daughter off the beach at D River Wayside State Recreation Area. About 15 minutes into their swim, both were swept away by a rip current and began to yell for help to people on shore.

The daughter was able to swim away, but the victim disappeared for several minutes before being spotted face-down in the water off shore, according to the Oregon State Police.

North Lincoln Fire & Rescue sent out a rescue swimmer, along with a rescue board, to retrieve her, said Lt. Jim Kusz. She was pronounced dead at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. The victim was visiting the area with her husband and daughter, who have withheld her name.

“Nearly 50 percent of all our water calls are rip currents,” Kusz said.

A rip current rushes water out to sea, overpowering even the strongest swimmer. They can sweep unsuspecting beachcombers off their feet and out to sea.

The Oregon State Police and Lincoln County Medical Examiner are investigating.