Online subscriber? Please Log In

Need Help? | Forgot Your Password?

Dundee kitesurfer killed at Lincoln City

Dale Johnson
Dale Johnson
Oregon State Parks photo<br>
<b>Roads End Recreation Site.</b>
Oregon State Parks photo
Roads End Recreation Site.

Jul 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

News-Register Staff

LINCOLN CITY — Wyle "Dale" Johnson, 49, of Dundee, has been identified by the Oregon State Police as the kitesurfer who died about 5 p.m. Thursday in the ocean off the beach at Roads End Recreation Site, located on the east end of Lincoln City.

Johnson was a member of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. He was a lieutenant at Station 35 in King City.

"Fellow firefighters said Dale loved his crew, his job and was someone who was passionate about everything he did — be it work or play," Tualatin Valley spokesperson Cassandra Ulven said. "He was an avid kitesurfer and enjoyed his time on the water."

OSP was notified that an adult male was being transported to Samaratin North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City after being found by a friend unresponsive in the water while kitesurfing. CPR was administered on the beach by the friend and fire personnel, but Johnson was pronounced dead at the hospital.

In addition to OSP, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, Pac West ambulance and Lincoln City police also responded.

Johnson started his career as a volunteer firefighter in Jackson County, Oregon, according to a release issued by Tualatin Valley. In 1995, he joined the agency as a firefighter/paramedic, and in 2006, was promoted to lieutenant.

Since 2011, Johnson was assigned to the King City station.

"Dale Johnson was a good firefighter, a good lieutenant and a good man," Tualatin Valley Chief Mike Duyck said. "The men and women at TVF&R will miss him, and our hearts go out to his family."

Would you like to comment on this article?

Only online subscribers may comment on articles. Click here to see how you can subscribe.
Already a subscriber, please

Note: Some articles do not accept comments at all.


05:49 pm - Mon, July 7 2014
Jake said:
Did kitesurfing play a role in his passing or was there an unrelated issue such as a heart issue?

© 1999- News-Register Publishing | © The Associated Press
The News-Register and are owned and operated by News-Register Publishing Co., P.O. Box 727, McMinnville, OR 97128.
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Web design & powered by LVSYS