Sunday, April 21, 2024

Successful water rescue near Chinook Winds Casino Resort

Chinook Winds Water Rescue
A man was rescued after being swept out to sea Saturday afternoon (Photos by Don Williams)

A man was taken out to sea by a riptide near Chinook Winds Casino Resort around 1:45 p.m. Saturday after being thrown from his kayak in the breakers.

The victim was in the ocean with a kayak when waves knocked him out of the craft. He was not wearing a life vest.

Kayaker Chinook Winds Water Rescue Lincoln City

The man was spotted drifting a few hundred yards out to sea by North Lincoln Fire & Rescue personnel. Rescuers relayed his position to a waiting water rescue unit that deployed a jetski that brought the man safely back to shore.

People familiar with the man said he would be okay and that he was a “strong person.” He was transported by ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.

A Coast Guard helicopter coming from North Bend was cancelled.

Lincoln City Police also responded.

Don Williams contributed to this report.

Justin Werner
Justin Werner
Justin Werner is the founder and editor of the Lincoln City Homepage, a trusted source of local news and information for residents and visitors of Lincoln City, Oregon. He is also a community leader, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for transparency and accountability in local government.


  1. I’m glad this guy is ok.
    What is it with people and life vests? I own one, and every time I get into
    my kayak, I wear my vest, it has everything, knife, flashlight, matches,
    super underwater whistle, compass- and more. In 2 feet of water I’ll
    put on my vest, I just don’t get it how someone can go out in the water
    without a vest, let alone the ocean. I wore my vest on the fishing charter, the only one who was, sure, you’ll have time to find that
    vest when the boat starts sinking, you just won’t have time to put it


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