Update-Missing Person Investigation- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (Photo)

A video of the United State Coast Guard (USCG) rescuing the first responders from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue is being provided by the Oregon State Police. The video is available for viewing at the following link: https://youtu.be/uVw-Y8ItFRs. Please note that the date and time stamp on the video are not correct.

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Previous Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoons report of a missing teenage female that fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff’s deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews arrived early this morning. Notification of those involved and their families has been completed by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office Chaplains. Search of the area will continue and will be conducted by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office.

OSP was assisted in the search by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Nestucca Fire, Netarts/Oceanside Fire and Rescue, United States Coast Guard, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Tillamook Ambulance.

Family is requesting that those with inquires respect their privacy and direct questions to the Oregon State Police. Questions regarding the two personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue should be directed to their agency. No further information to release.

Photo: Courtesy of the Owens Family.


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