Sheriff: Coast tightrope walker swept into ocean

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Associated Press

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 26 at 12:33 AM

PACIFIC CITY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a Portland man trying to walk across a homemade tightrope between two large rock sections on the north Oregon coast is missing after a large wave hit him and swept him into the ocean.

Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long said Friday that 25-year-old James Michael Alejandro was climbing on a rocky area of Cape Kiwanda with several others Thursday afternoon when he connected a single rope between two large rock sections above the water and tried to walk it.

Witnesses say he was briefly seen in the ocean but they lost sight of him.

A Coast Guard boat and helicopters searched by water and air but didn't find Alejandro.

Long cautions that coastal ocean currents are strong and large waves are common in the area.

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