PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon girl died last week after the tide swept her away during a visit to Cannon Beach, authorities said.
According to KATU and the Cannon Beach Gazette, Portland fifth-grader Lily Markwell, 11, was swept into the Pacific Ocean north of Haystack Rock about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. A Cannon Beach rescue swimmer and a jet ski brought the girl to shore after a search involving the Cannon Beach Fire District, Seaside Fire’s Surf Rescue Team and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, officials said in a news release. She was flown to a nearby hospital, where she died Friday, the Gazette reported.
“Cannon Beach Fire District and Seaside Fire & Rescue would like to remind everyone the Pacific Ocean currents are unpredictable, and rip currents can take a person out in a matter of seconds,” the news release said. “Although ambient air and ocean water temperatures are becoming warmer, the water is still cold and can rapidly decrease a swimmer’s ability. If you see a distressed person in the water, call 911 immediately.”
Markwell, who attended ACCESS Academy Alternative Program, is survived by her parents and seven siblings, according to an online obituary.
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