Woman drowns in Lincoln City near Chinook Winds

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A 48-year-old woman from Salem drowned in the ocean near Chinook Winds Casino on Monday after being caught in a rip current, said Rob Dahlman, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue Chief.

According to Dahlman, the woman could not swim and a man attempted to rescue her, hardly making it back to shore himself. Resuscitation efforts were attempted and the woman was taken to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.

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The Lincoln City homepage first learned of the drowning incident from the Oregonian, who was able to speak with the NLFR chief and posted an article on OregonLive.com.

The homepage contacted Dahlman seeking information and received an email on Friday asking what information was needed. A personal visit to the Bob Everest station enabled us to obtain the information regarding the drowning victim. Concerns were raised about the flow of information to local media.

NLFR volunteer Dennis Knudson confirmed to the homepage that he is no longer the Fire Department Public Information Officer (PIO) and said to the best of his knowledge, Chief Dahlman was the interim PIO.

Dahlman confirmed he was the PIO and said it would stay that way until he nominates someone else. Knudson was appointed PIO after the suspension and subsequent retirement, citing the ethical issues of long-standing PIO Jim Kusz.

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