January 16, 2019

Body of California tsunami victim washed up in Oregon

The sea can be tremendously unforgiving to curious humans.

The body of a Northern California man swept out to sea while trying to photograph the Japan tsunami’s arrival on the American coast has washed up 500 kilometres away in Oregon.

Dustin Douglas Weber, 25, of Klamath, California, was standing with two friends on a sand bar near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County, California, when they were all swept away by the surge on 11th March.

His two friends were able to swim safely back to shore but lost touch with Weber.

Weber’s body was identified by a forensic odontologist using dental records. He was found on the shore just south of the Columbia River mouth in Oregon on 2nd April, by a person walking the beach.

It is not really a great way to go, ending up a cautionary tale about the dangers of close range photography of tsunami’s.

Webers father Joe Weber said “the time the surge was predicted to hit the coast at 7:30 a.m. on March 11 had passed. As far as they knew, it was all over with. The wave came in and that was it.”

Ironically Weber grew up in Bend, Oregon and only recently moved to Northern California to be closer to his mother’s native Yurok tribal lands. He is the lone U.S. victim of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March.