SEVERE WX: High Wind Watch - Flood Watch - Winter Storm Watch View Alerts

Oregon Doctor Drowns While Surfing

A 30-year-old doctor from Corvallis, Oregon, has died while surfing near Devils Punchbowl, about eight miles north of Newport.

Posted: Dec. 3, 2018 12:10 PM

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — A 30-year-old doctor from Corvallis, Oregon, has died while surfing near Devils Punchbowl, about eight miles north of Newport.

KGW reports that police received a 911 call that Toren Stearns was in the water and in distress at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The U.S. Coast Guard sent out a cutter boat and rescue helicopter. Stearns was brought to the beach by a rescue swimmer.

Stearns was taken by helicopter to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Stearns' dog, which was left on the beach while he was surfing, was cared for by the Lincoln County Animal Shelter until Stearns' family was notified.

Article Comments

Medford
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 46°
Brookings
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 45°
Crater Lake
Clear
35° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 35°
Grants Pass
Few Clouds
48° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 48°
Klamath Falls
Clear
35° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 35°
Frigid Start, Cool Afternoon
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events