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Victim Dies in High Surf Incident at Gleneden Beach

The 16-year old male who reportedly attempted to help with the rescue effort and was reported missing by a family member has not been found.

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(GLENEDEN BEACH, Ore.) - An 11-year old boy from the Westfir, located just west of Oakridge, is identified as one of two victims who died after he was pulled from the heavy surf Saturday afternoon at Gleneden Beach.

Around 1:15 PM, the group accompanying the 11-year old noticed he was having trouble in the surf.

Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police says an adult male and two 15-year old boys went into the heavy surf to rescue him, but all three reportedly had trouble also and had to return to shore.

11-year old River Jenison died Saturday at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital following extensive lifesaving efforts by medical personnel.

The 16-year old male who reportedly attempted to help with the rescue effort and was reported missing by a family member has not been found.

Next of kin will notify Oregon State Police when his name and city of residence can be released.

There is no more information for release.




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Lori March 12, 2008 2:03 pm (Pacific time)

My husband was there...the "adult male" trying to help, and I am so very sorry...peace be with you...all who knew both boys.


J.P Hanson March 10, 2008 12:17 am (Pacific time)

Sarah, It dont matter how far apart we all get it never to far for news like to reach back home. I remember watching river grown from the bump in the belly to seeing you all together at your moms. So Sorry keep your head up and life goes on. To the family of the young man, there are no words that can define what that young man did, we can only hope that you find solice in the fact he gave his life for another.


Zane Curry & family March 9, 2008 11:50 am (Pacific time)

Sarah, All of us here are thinking about you and want you to know how much we love you. I'm so so sorry Sarah. To the family of the young man who tried to help River I would like you to know that I will allways hold him in my heart as a hero. Sarah try to keep your head up and call me if you need anything. ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG!!!!!!

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