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Lake O couple swept out to ocean near Depoe Bay, dies

The couple recently moved to Oregon from China

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A Lake Oswego husband and wife died after they were swept into the ocean off Otter Crest Loop near Depoe Bay.

Oregon State Police said 49-year-old Miaochan Chen and 41-year-old Wenjun Zhu were visiting the Oregon coast with their 10-year-old daughter. On Sunday, they took a trail down to the rocks, which overlooked the ocean. A wave washed over the rocks and swept Chen and Zhu into the ocean. Their daughter was unharmed.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted the unresponsive couple from the water and transported them to EMTs on scene. Despite performing live-saving measures, both were pronounced at a nearby hospital.

The family of 3 recently moved to Oregon from China in July. Their family members were notified of their deaths with the help of the Chinese Consulate.

Their daughter has been placed into a local foster home. The Department of Human Services is working with the families for further placement.


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