Rescue equipment

Seaside Fire water rescue equipment.

A Seaside firefighter was taken for evaluation at Providence Seaside Hospital after being knocked breathless during a search in the surf north of Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach last Thursday morning.

The Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District received a call at 10:25 a.m. regarding a boy, described as 8- to 12-years-old, in need of assistance.

Responders attempted to locate anyone in the water from land and did not see anything. Cannon Beach police located the reporting person. They brought them back to the beach to point out the last place the boy had been seen.

Firefighters, including three from Seaside Fire and Rescue, began a water search.

“As far as the injury, one of our rescue watercraft rolled in a wave, the operator inhaled a significant amount of water and was transported to Providence Seaside Hospital for a precautionary evaluation,” Div. Chief David Rankin said. “He was released the same day with no issues. The second rescuer on the back of the craft reported no issues and was able to continue with completing the incident.”

During the search two witnesses came forward with a similar description of the initially reported child, but they reported they had seen the child exit the water and walk off, Cannon Beach fire officials said.

Prior to returning to shore after a search of the area, Seaside Fire and Rescue received a report of a sea lion in the water, Rankin added.

Along with Seaside Fire and Rescue and Cannon Beach fire, assisting agencies included Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue, Cannon Beach police, U.S. Coast Guard and Medix.

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