BROOKINGS, Ore. — A Curry County sheriff’s deputy, who swam into the ocean to help a 14-year-old boy caught in a rip current, is in critical condition. Deputy Terry Brown spent 45 minutes in the cold water, but Sheriff John Bishop says his risk saved the teen’s life.
A call came in Monday night off Harris Beach State Park. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Brown threw on a life vest and took a safety rope, attaching him to crew members. When he got to the teen, Brown was forced to release the rope so he could keep the boy from drowning.
Rescuers from the sheriff’s office and the Coast Guard faced rough surf while reaching Brown and the boy. Two rescue swimmers, and a small boat had several unsuccessful attempts at reaching the pair before they were finally pulled out of the water. Both are being treated for hypothermia and are expected to recover.