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Drownings of Teens Reported Near Smelt Sands State Park in Lincoln County, Oregon

By Joshua Shulman, Attorney, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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The Oregon State Police believe that two teenage boys drowned after waves swept the boys off a rocking outcropping and into the ocean. According to Lt. Gregg Hastings, the body of 18-year-old Connor Gregory Ausland was found. However, authorities have yet to find 17-year-old Jack Harnsongkram. Both young men are residents of Eugene, Orgeon, and were students at South Eugene High School. Hastings also stated that the two teenagers were visiting the area, near Smelt Sands State Park in Lincoln County, with a group of other teens and adults. A local television station reported that a third teen was also knocked into the surf by the powerful waves but manages to get out safely. Police believe that both Ausland and Harnsongkram drowned. For more details please read Two Oregon teens believed to drown after being knocked into surf by powerful waves.

The deaths of these two young men are a tragedy for their family and community. With temperatures rising, many people are participating in more water-related activities. Thus, it becomes that time of year where water-related personal injuries and deaths are also on the rise. Children and adults need to be aware of powerful currents and should not go into the water if they are feeling the slightest bit fatigued.