A Bay Area man who attempted to jump across the wide cove of frothing water at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is assumed dead, according to police reports.
67-year-old Steve Allen from Walnut Creek, California, tried to hurdle Devil’s Churn, a narrow boiling inlet just off Highway 101 south of Yachats on the central Oregon coast.
The Devil’s Churn is a popular point at Cape Perpetua and is a narrow slice, famous for spraying large waves of boiling water.
“Troopers and emergency personnel responded for a subject who had fallen into the ocean at Devils Churn,” Oregon State Police said in a news release. “Fellow visitors attempted to rescue Allen but were unable to retrieve him from the water.”
Officials reported that Allen was last seen by rescue agencies unresponsive until they lost sight of him. At approximately 6:40 p.m, the U.S Coast Guard and other rescuing agencies suspended their search and presumed Allen deceased.