DEPOE BAY, Ore. – U.S. Coast Guard crews have suspended their search Thursday night for a man who was swept out to sea in Depoe Bay earlier in the day.
The man, identified as 46-year-old Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Alvarez, was living in Newport but was from Mexico. He is presumed dead.
Crews searched for the man on the ground and from a helicopter. He disappeared at around 11:20 a.m. The Depoe Bay Fire District said he was swept off rocks in downtown Depoe Bay. Witnesses told police the man stepped over the sea wall to look at the ocean and was swept off the rocks.
The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Warning Thursday for Clatsop, Tillamook and Lincoln counties. The National Weather Service expected breaking waves of 35-45 feet.
In Lincoln City, Ore., a woman was knocked down and injured by a sneaker wave.
Photos: Huge waves at Cape Kiwanda