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Published on Saturday March 12, 2011 - 7:38 AM
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GOLD BEACH, Oregon - A brother and sister camping at the southern Oregon coast nearly found themselves unknowing victims of Friday's tsunami surges when they became caught by the surf while walking along the beach near Pistol River in Curry County. The two people were camping in the area with friends and said they were unaware of the events in Japan or that a tsunami warning was in place along the coast.

According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Scott Punch, on March 11, 2011 at approximately 9:53 a.m. Curry County 9-1-1 received a call of two people swept into the ocean during a tsunami surge in the Pistol River area west of Highway 101 near milepost 338. Punch arrived four minutes later and saw two unnamed Pistol River volunteer firefighters pulling a female from the surf. Punch helped the volunteer firefighters carry the woman onto the beach to higher ground ahead of another surge.