Vancouver woman overtaken by rip current on coast, dies

Vancouver woman overtaken by rip current on coast, dies
Rescuers carry the woman who was swept away by a riptide in Lincoln City on Friday to an ambulance. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. (Photo courtesy: Cecil Wharff)

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. -- A 54-year-old Vancouver woman died Friday morning after she was swept to sea by a rip current in Lincoln City.

The woman, identified as Kathryn "Kathy" Agnes Gent, was in Lincoln City swimming with her 23-year-old daughter when suddenly both women were overtaken by the current at the D River Wayside, officials said.

The daughter was able to swim back to shore, but her mother disappeared for several minutes before being spotted faced down in the water, according to the Oregon State Police.

Paramedics received a distress call just before 10:30 a.m. The woman was rescued from the water 18 minutes later after she was found about 100 yards out in the ocean, said Lt. Jim Kusz of North Lincoln Fire & Rescue.

She was rushed by ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Water safety experts advise swimmers to swim parallel to the beach if you are caught up in a rip current until you are out of it, and then swim toward the beach.