Indian Beach to stay open despite shark attack

Indian Beach at Ecola State Park will stay open even though a shark left a surfer with serious injuries recently, according to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department spokesman Chris Havel.

Ann Powers

Oregon State Police (OSP) and first responders were dispatched to the shark bite victim, identified as Joseph Tanner of Portland, on Oct. 10. Police said the 29-year-old surfer sustained bites to his upper thigh and lower leg.

Tanner was stabilized on scene and airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Havel noted that shark attacks are very rare in the area.

A surfer suffered serious injuries from a shark attack near Indian Beach at Ecola State Park on Oct. 10. File photo.

“There have been three in the last ten years on the entire coast,” he said.

But, that doesn’t mean visitors shouldn’t be cautious. Havel said one of the best ways to be aware of beach risks is to ask those who spend a lot of time in the ocean – like Tanner.

“Surfers are the best source of information for this,” he said. “Get to know your fellow surfers.”

In addition, Havel said beach-goers should always familiarize themselves with tides, rip currents and stay off logs on the beach. For more safety tips visit