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Woman drowns in Lincoln City near Chinook Winds

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Woman drowns in Lincoln City

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.

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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.

Justin Wernerhttps://lchomepage.com
I'm publisher of Lincoln City Homepage. Also the web guy, photographer, cameraman, video editor, sportswriter, tech support, beat reporter, cat trainer and e-bike enthusiast. I have a passion for telling people's stories and keeping my fellow citizens informed.

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  1. My 17 year old son was pulled out by a riptide just a few hours earlier. It was a very close call. We are thinking of your aunt and your entire family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Cherri, I couldn’t disagree with you more. This department is totally mismanaged. Many of our best volunteers have left because of the way the present chief runs it. He’s in way over his head. Money has been squandered by his incompetence. Throwing more money at the problem solves nothing. I have lived here for many decades and have never seen a fire dept. bond defeated before. That should tell you something about what this community thinks about the present chief.

  3. Thank you Lamont the 48 year old woman who drowned was my auntie!! Thank you for saying what you did and i couldn’t agree more with you

  4. NLFD, is by no means dysfunctional.
    They work extremely hard for this community. When a badly needed bond measure comes up and is defeated, maybe the people need to think about this. These just don’t go on the ballot for fun ! They need paid people and equipment. I think they do a wonderful job and could be even better if they were supported more by the community they serve.


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