Lake Oswego Couple Swept Into Ocean


A couple that immigrated to the U.S. from China in July died in an accident at the Oregon Coast on Sunday. 

49-year-old Miaochan Chen and 41-year-old Wenjun Zhu were picnicking off Otter Crest Loop when Chen, Zhu, and their daughter took a trail down to rocks which overlooked the ocean. A wave washed over the rocks and swept Chen and Zhu into the ocean. Their daughter was unharmed.

The United State Coast launched a helicopter from Newport and a 47 foot motor lifeboat from Depoe Bay. While The Oregon State Police and Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue responded to the scene. Chen and Zhu’s bodies were located, both unresponsive, at approximately 6:30 p.m. and helicoptered from the ocean to a landing zone at Rocky Creek State Park.

Life saving measures were attempted for both Chen and Zhu as they were transported, via ambulance, to Pacific Communities Hospital. Chen and Zhu succumbed to their injuries and pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Chen, Zhu, and their daughter had immigrated to the United States from China in July. Family members were notified with the help of the Chinese Consulate. The Department of Human Services - Lincoln County responded and placed their daughter into a local foster home and will be working with the families for her further placement.

OSP was assisted by US Coast Guard, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, Lincoln County District Attorney and Medical Examiner's Office, Department of Human Services, and Lake Oswego Police Department.

The US Coast Guard and OSP reminds all beach goers, residents and visitors to the Pacific Northwest coast to always be aware of the dangerous conditions that exist on the coastline regions. Being aware of tidal changes and wave patterns can help you avoid these types of tragic situations.

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