On Thursday, July 21, 2016 at approximately 3:36 pm, Seaside Lifeguards witnessed two young males struggling in the water and in need of assistance. As they entered the water, Seaside Fire & Rescue was dispatched to the Seaside ocean shores, directly in front of the turnaround, to assist with the water rescue already in progress.
Seaside Fire & Rescue along with the U.S. Coast Guard responded to the scene to assist with the rescue. The first victim, Carter Moore, 14, of Kingston, Oklahoma was pulled from the water a short time later. A second victim, Conner Moore, age 13, of Tulsa, Oklahoma was located from the air by the U.S. Coast Guard. Having entered the water, a Coast Guard swimmer requested assistance from Seaside Lifeguards to bring the second victim to shore. Both victims were transported to Providence Seaside Hospital (PSH). Conner Moore was pronounced deceased at PSH. Carter Moore was life-flighted to a Portland area hospital on Thursday evening and released late Friday morning.
The two cousins were traveling with many other family members from out-of-state and in Seaside for the Moore Family Reunion.
As warmer days are forecast for the upcoming weekend and we move deeper into summer, Seaside officials want to remind the public that the ocean waters can present many dangers. Please use extreme caution, use the buddy system and avoid swimming in areas that have been recognized to be prone to rip currents.
Seaside Fire & Rescue was assisted by the United States Coast Guard, Medix and the Seaside Police Department.