A 48-year-old Salem woman drowned in the ocean near Chinook Winds Casino Monday, after getting caught in a rip current, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue Chief Rob Dahlman said.
According to Dahlman, the woman could not swim and a man tried to rescue her, almost not making it back to shore himself. Resuscitation efforts were attempted and the woman was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.
Lincoln City Homepage first learned about the drowning incident from the Oregonian, who was able to speak with NLFR’s Chief and ran a story on OregonLive.com.
Homepage reached out to Dahlman seeking information and received an email back Friday asking what information was needed. A personal visit to the Bob Everest Station allowed us to obtain the information concerning the drowning victim. Concerns were raised about the flow of information to local media.
NLFR Volunteer Dennis Knudson confirmed to Homepage he was no longer the public information officer (PIO) for the fire department and said to the best of his knowledge, Chief Dahlman was the acting PIO.
Dahlman confirmed he was the PIO and said it would remain that way until he designated someone else. Knudson was appointed the PIO after the suspension and subsequent retirement citing ethics concerns of longtime PIO Jim Kusz.