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Off-duty firefighter drowns in Lincoln City accident
TVFR Lt. Wylie Johnson died at Lincoln City hospital July 3
A Dundee off-duty firefighter died July 3 on the beach at Lincoln City.
Wylie Dale Johnson Jr., 49, was a lieutenant with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue for 19 years and was recently assigned to Fire Station 35 in King City.
At approximately 5 p.m., Oregon State Police was notified of the accident as Johnson was being transported to a hospital in Lincoln City. He was found unresponsive in the water by a friend while kitesurfing in the ocean off Roads End State Park. He was pronounced dead at the hospital after lifesaving efforts at the beach by his friend, responding fire personnel and hospital emergency room staff were unsuccessful.
No further details were available as of press time Tuesday morning.
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