The Ocean is a Treacherous Wonder
On Feb. 5, 2011, Jack Harnsongkram and Connor Ausland, two strong young men from Eugene, Oregon drowned when a nearly waist-high sneaker wave swept them off of a rock bridge into the narrow chasm 100m north of Smelt Sands State Park. The force of the freezing, churning water and the shape of the rocks made it impossible for Jack and Connor to climb to safety and equally impossible for their four friends to save them without losing their own lives. Jack and Connor drowned within 3 minutes.
Why We Made the Coastal Safety Marker
As a result of this tragedy, parents and other community members formed a committee to create an educational coastal marker to heighten visitors' awareness of the dangers along the coast through the story of Jack and Connor's drowning.
Thanks to this community effort, the Coastal Safety Marker was completed in January 2013.
We continue to welcome donations for an educational campaign to be determined in May 2013. To contribute or learn more, click on one of the Categories in the navigation column to the left or visit our page on Facebook.