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Deadly waves at Smelt Sands State Park

(Feb. 7, 2011) -- A wave knocked two teenagers into the ocean Saturday on the rocky shoreline at Smelt Sands State Park, causing them both to drown.

YACHATS, Ore. — A wave knocked two teenagers into the ocean Saturday on the rocky shoreline at Smelt Sands State Park, causing them both to drown.

The body of an 18-year-old boy was found Saturday afternoon, and authorities located the remains of a 17-year-old boy Sunday morning, reported KEZI.

Oregon State Police Sgt. Justin McGladrey said six friends were out walking along the rocky terrain around 12:40 pm. Witnesses said the teenagers were playing either frisbee or football on the rocks. The two boys were standing on one large rock when a 10-foot wave swept them into the Pacific Ocean.

McGladrey said the four other boys tried to save their friends but then quickly ran for help.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Oregon State Police, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies were called to the scene.

Sgt. McGladrey said the shock of cold water, sharp rocks, and fast-moving waves gives victims almost zero chance of swimming to safety.

“The fact that we have these rocky outcroppings, big boulders, large gaps in the rocks, that type of thing, and second is the ocean, and the height and force of the waves coming in,” he said.

For the complete story from KEZI, click here.

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