Woman falls from cliff near Neskowin, Ore.

SEATTLE — Coast Guard and local agencies including the Tillamook County, Ore., Sherriff’s Department attempted to rescue a 22-year-old woman who fell from a cliff and was swept out to sea near Neskowin Beach in the vicinity of Neskowin, Ore., Saturday.

Coast Guard Group North Bend, Ore., was notified by Tillamook 911 that the woman had fallen at 3:36 p.m. Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay, Ore., was unable to respond due to dangerous water conditions. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., was dispatched to the scene, but had to return to base after being struck repeatedly by birds. A second HH-60 crew managed to reach the area, but had to turn back after 15 minutes due to dangerous weather including 20-foot seas and no visibility.

“The crew couldn’t see the water below them,” said Robert Coster, a Coast Guard search and rescue controller at Air Station Astoria. “They tried to wait out the weather, but things only got worse.”

The Oregon coast is notorious for rip currents and sneaker waves capable of knocking beachgoers into the ocean and carrying them out to sea. The Coast Guard advises all beachgoers to keep aware of their surroundings and check local weather forecasts before going out. Safety messages are regularly broadcast on Marine Radio Channels 16 and 22A.

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  1. serenity says:

    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact me as soon as possible. The woman who falls from cliff near Neskowin is my sister. who is about to be married to an american national this December, that’s the reason she went there (specifically Salem, Oregon, USA) last november 24 but just 4 days after that, her fiancee informed me and my family that something happened to them while going to Proposal Rock near Neskowin beach, a wave struck them causing my sister to fell into the cliffs, We are very worried about her, especially my parents, its very hard for us to accept what happened, until now we are still hoping that shes still alive, though shes been missing for about 3 days already.

  2. Beverly says:

    She, her family, and her fiance are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. wayne carter says:

    my god, this is such a horrific story. i hope they find her. may god be with you ! wayne in Indiana.