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News Release
Missing Person Investigation-Devils Churn-Lincoln County - 09/10/21

On Thursday, September 9, 2021 at approximately 2:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to for a subject who had fallen into the ocean at Devils Churn, a USFS Day Use Park, located near Hwy 101 near milepost 167.

Preliminary investigation revealed Steve Allen (67) of Walnut Creek, CA attempted to jump across Devils Churn and fell into the ocean. Fellow visitors attempted to rescue Allen but were unable to retrieve him from the water. Allen was last observed by rescue agencies unresponsive prior to losing sight of him. 

The United State Coast Guard and other responding agencies suspended their search at approximately 6:40 PM. Allen is presumed to be deceased.

OSP was assisted by Lincoln county Sheriff’s Office, Newport Fire Department, Yachats Fire and Rescue and the United States Coast Guard. 

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