By Samantha Swindler | The Oregonian/OregonLive
A swimmer died at Nehalem Bay State Park Friday evening after being swept out to sea by a rip current.
According to the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Volodymyr Kravchenko, 38, from Vancouver, Washington, drowned at around 8:30 p.m. Aug. 2. He was camping with family at the park on the Oregon coast. Kravchenko was reportedly swimming in the surf with two others that evening.
“Three adults were swept out into the ocean,” said Tillamook Sheriff’s Office Lt. Gordon McCraw. “About four minutes later, two of them made it back, the other one did not.”
The incident happened north of Rockaway Beach, where last month, four people, including two children, were rescued after being pulled out to sea by a rip current.
“Our local people know this but our visitors don’t understand the risks that the rip tides have … and how quickly they can be pulled out into the ocean,” McCraw said. “It seems like at least weekly, somebody is either pulled out or has to be rescued.”
If you are caught in a rip tide or rip current, do not attempt to swim against the tide. Instead, swim parallel to the shore line until you are able to get out of the current.
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