A Pasco man drowned in the ocean off a Lincoln City-area beach Wednesday night.
Kerry Eugene Bamford, 56, of Pasco, was found about 200 yards from shore, according to the Oregon State Police.
Bamford was body surfing with a friend when he was spotted by his friend about a hundred yards from shore trying to swim back to the beach. His friend lost sight of him and notified onlookers on the beach who called 9-1-1, police said.
Emergency responders were dispatched at 8:40 p.m and upon arrival went out on two jet skis and found an unresponsive adult male about 20 minutes later.
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Rescuers brought the man back to shore and began CPR before he was taken by Pacific West Ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital where he was pronounced dead.