Safety marker honors drowning victims, serves as a warning

Safety marker honors drowning victims, serves as a warning

YACHATS, Ore. - Two years ago, a high school trip to the Oregon coast turned tragic and now a safety marker is being dedicated to warn people about the inherent danger of the ocean.

In 2011, two students from South Eugene High School  - 18-year-old Connor Gregory Ausland and 17-year-old Jack Harnsongkram - drowned near Smelt Sands State Park in Yachats.

They were among a group of students who went out onto a rocky outcropping and when waves came crashing in, Ausland and Harnsongkram were swept into the ocean.

A safety marker has now been placed nearby to not only remember the young men who lost their lives but also to serve as a warning for others that the coast can be dangerous.

The marker will be officially dedicated this Saturday. The boys' parents are expected to be there, along with classmates and community members. All are welcome to attend.

The dedication is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in the Pacific Room at Adobe Resort (located at 1555 U.S. 101 in Yachats). There will be speakers, a short film on coastal safety and then a gathering at the marker.