Dundee kitesurfer killed at Lincoln City
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."