TILLAMOOK -- Oregon State Police said a 20-year-old Hermiston man died after struggling in the north Oregon coast surf during a youth group outing.
Sgt. Greg Plummer said two Cape Lookout State Park employees and a Tillamook County sheriff's officer pulled the young man from the surf Monday afternoon but he was pronounced dead at Tillamook County General Hospital.
Zane Thomas Gaulke was part of a Hermiston Church of the Nazarene youth group visiting the park, Plummer said.
Gaulke reportedly started to struggle while playing in surf about 70 yards offshore with three other people. His companions tried to help him but grew tired themselves and lost sight of him.