Christopher Michael Kareck, 21, of Sparks, Nevada, was swept into the Pacific Ocean at Indian Sands about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Oregon State Police.
OSP Patrol Supervisor David Aydelotte said Kareck, who was visiting friends, was reported lost in the ocean at about 10:35 a.m. As of 3:30 p.m. Kareck had not been found.
“Their (Coast Guard) charts indicate that someone in the water today could survive for 11 hours, based on water temperatures and other factors,” Aydelotte said.
Brookings police immediately contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, which dispatched two boats and a rescue helicopter. State police were notified and private helicopters were called into service to search the cliffs near Indian Sands.
State police, Curry County Sheriff John Ward, Brookings Police and Cape Ferrelo Fire and Rescue converged at the scene and approached the cliffs on foot and in beach rescue vehicles. Officers used binoculars to scan the coast for signs of Kareck.
Some of the officers on shore began pulling back at noon but, according to Aydelotte, the Coast Guard planned to continue searching until sunset or as long as safety allows.
Ward estimated waves hitting the rocks today at about 12 feet.