January 19 2019
On January 18, 2018 at approximately 7:15pm, Oregon State Police was notified by the United States Coast Guard that they had terminated the search efforts in Depoe Bay for the male who was swept into the ocean. Due to the ocean temperature and surf conditions they do not anticipate resuming tomorrow.
The male has been identified as a 46 year old male who had been living in Newport but was from Mexico. At this time, he is presumed deceased. Next of kin is being completed by the Mexican Consulate and once that is completed his name will be release.
On January 18, 2018 at approximately 11:20am the Oregon State Police responded to Depoe Bay for a report of a male that had been swept off the rocks near the sea wall in Depoe Bay. Witnesses reported the male went over the sea wall to look at the ocean and was then swept off the rocks.
Depoe Fire and Recscue, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and the United States Coast Guard responded to assist with the search. The Coast Guard helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Facility Newport responded to the area within ten minutes and the crew ,aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, is continuing the water search but the male has not been seen since.
People are urged to be aware of the sneaker waves, high water, debris pattern from ocean waves, and not to cross closed parking lots or parks that are closed due to the ocean conditions.