LINCOLN CITY, Ore. – A 54-year-old Vancouver woman died Friday after being caught in a rip current in Lincoln City.
Rescue teams responded to a report of two swimmers caught in a rip current off the coast of Lincoln City Friday morning.
According to Captain Jim Kusz of North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, the victim, Kathryn Agnes Gent, and her 23-year-old daughter were caught in the rip current while swimming in the ocean at D River Wayside State Recreation Area.
According to police, the women were pulled out to sea by a rip current about 15 minutes into their swim. The daughter was able to swim back to shore. Another person who went into the water to try and rescue the swimmers also was able to swim back to shore.
"When we arrived on scene we found two people had gotten out of the water on their own and we found the other victim face down in the water," said Kusz. "We deployed one of our swimmers on a jet ski to retrieve the patient."
Gent was pulled from the water and taken to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
According to officials, ocean currents can change without warning.
"A lot of people come to the beach from the valley where it's hot," said Chris Dugan of the Seaside Fire Department. "If there are no lifeguards on duty they're on their own."
Three other people were caught in rip currents Friday on the Oregon coast. Two children were caught in a rip current while swimming off the coast of Seaside and a man was pulled out to sea while swimming in Arch Cape. Rescuers were able to bring all three people safely to shore.