14-year-old Eugene girl dies after log rolls in surf on Bandon beach

Photo of the Coquille River Lighthouse taken from the South Jetty in Bandon, Oregon - KATU photo Tristan Fortsch

BANDON, Ore. – A 14-year-old Eugene girl died Saturday after being pinned under a log on the Oregon coast.

State troopers said the girl was playing on a log at the South Jetty Park Beach when the tide went out, rolling it on top of her.

Beachgoers managed to get her out from under the log before emergency crews arrived at the scene. She sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the South Coos Hospital.

Family members of the girl, Aurora Genai Sheffel, said she was at the beach for spring break.

"She was a varsity cheerleader, full of passion and love, and an excellent student," her aunt said on a page set up to cover final expenses.

The Eugene School District said it will offer support staff to its students when they return from the spring break vacation.

This is a developing story; updates will be posted as information comes in.

From the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department:

The ocean is strong enough to pick up even the biggest log and roll it down on top of you. Some logs may look small, but even the tiny ones can be waterlogged and weigh tons.

How to play it safe: If you see a log in the surf or on wet sand, stay off it.

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