Oregon woman ‘crushed’ by log after sneaker wave hits beach recovering in the hospital

by KATU Staff
Monday, March 25th 2019

A woman is in the hospital with more than a dozen broken ribs and a broken tailbone after fire officials say she was crushed by a log that was carried by a sneaker wave along the Oregon coast.

 A family friend tells KATU News that Heathyr Croasmun, 44, was at the beach near Manzanita with friends and sitting on the log when a sneaker wave rushed up the shore, rolling the log on top of her.

Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue helped free her from under the log; she was flown to Legacy Emanuel hospital in Portland where she remains in the Intensive Care Unit.

Heathyr has difficulty breathing, and doctors say she broke 13 ribs and a broken tailbone. Her family has started a Facebook group to track her recovery process.

Initial reports estimate the log weighed about 1,000 pounds.

Nehalem Bay Fire says this incident serves as a good reminder to “NEVER turn your back on the ocean!”

Please know the dangers of the Oregon Coast. Beach safety information can be found here.