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Coast Guard rescues man at Hug Point
CANNON BEACH GAZETTE/FILE PHOTO
Th e siren tower near the intersection of
Washington Street and Ocean Avenue.
By Brenna Visser
Cannon Beach Gazette
SUBMITTED PHOTO/CANNON BEACH FIRE AND RESCUE
Hiker trapped by high tide at Hug Point.
EO Media Group
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued
a man stranded on a rocky edge
by the high tide at Hug Point near
Cannon Beach Monday, April 10.
Watch standers at Sector Co-
lumbia River in Warrenton were
notiﬁ ed of the stranded man by
Oregon State Police at 1:33 p.m.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter
rescue crew was launched and
arrived on scene at 2:16 p.m. The
crew lowered an aviation survival
technician down to hoist the man
off the rocky edge and away from
the incoming surf.
The man was ﬂ own to Air Sta-
tion Astoria in Warrenton, where
he was treated and released by
“We arrived just in time as the
man was clinging to a rope and
was being splashed by incoming
waves,” Lt. j.g. Jason Weeks, the
pilot of the helicopter, said in a
statement. “We remind all beach go-
ers that enjoy the tide pools and cliff
sides along the Oregon coastline
to always be mindful of changing
tide because it may appear safe one
minute but can trap you the next.”
Weather and sea conditions on
scene were 25 mph winds with
moderate rain showers and 18-
Cannon Beach homeowner ‘devastated’ by ﬁ re
Faulty furnace to blame
By Brenna Visser
Cannon Beach Gazette
Seaside and Cannon Beach ﬁ re districts re-
sponded to a ﬁ re at 307 Sunset Boulevard around
1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13.
Homeowner Joanne Lewis said she started
to smell smoke Thursday afternoon when she
stepped out of the shower of her Sunset Boule-
vard home. She followed the smell to her sewing
room, where she found billowing black smoke.
Lewis said her late husband built the house 21
years ago, and she has been living in it with her
dog ever since. “I’m devastated,” Lewis said.
“I’m a seamstress. Sewing is my respite. I hope
my fabric isn’t ruined.”
The ﬁ re started in the crawl space of the house.
The ﬁ re appeared to be accidental and caused
by a faulty furnace or electrical wiring, Cannon
Beach Fire Chief Matt Benedict said. The only
structural damage found was in the crawl space,
though the rest of the house has some smoke
damage, he said.
BRENNA VISSER/CANNON BEACH GAZETTE
Joanne Lewis hugs her friend as ﬁ re-
ﬁ ghters put out the ﬁ re in Lewis’ home
on Sunset Boulevard in Cannon Beach.
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The Cannon Beach Rural Fire District
voted to invest in a project to install sirens
at Hug Point and Arcadia Beach — two
of the most used parks on the North Coast
without direct tsunami warning coverage.
The ﬁ re district will receive between two
to four tsunami sirens for free from Clatsop
County Emergency Management’s surplus,
board member Garry Smith said at the dis-
trict’s monthly meeting Monday, April 10.
The sirens are compatible with the commu-
nity warning system, or COWS — a voice
warning messaging system known for its
distinctive, cow-like siren.
While Smith said he expected delivery
from the county to Cannon Beach within
the month, they wouldn’t be installed for
the next two to four years, he said.
“We need to save up more money,”
Smith said. “We upgraded six sirens in
Cannon Beach, which cost about $50,000,
so we depleted our savings.”
Waiting at least two years will allow the
ﬁ re district to incorporate these projects
into future budgets, as well as give them
time to work with any rules or regulations
set by Oregon State Parks.
While the sirens themselves will be from
the county, necessary improvements such
as buying new batteries, a new voice board
and other materials could total more than
Installing just the pole can cost up to
$15,000, Smith said.
But with multiple years to budget the
funds, Smith said he thinks these sirens
could make a signiﬁ cant impact.
“It would complete our coverage of the
area,” Smith said. “It’s a mega-saver for the
people who use those parks. It’s the only
area in the tsunami zone that attracts a lot
of people not covered by tsunami sirens.”
Fellow board member Bob Cerelli said
the decision is in line with the ﬁ re district’s
“We are continuing our efforts to keep
this community safe,” he said.
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