Man drowns trying to save his dog

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. - A 72-year-old Lake Oswego man died Sunday morning after he was swept out into the ocean while trying to rescue his dog off a Lincoln City-area beach.

Around 9 a.m. on Valentine's Day Richard William Davis, known to friends as Bill, was walking with his dog on the beach at the D River Wayside. Witnesses say he threw a stick into the water for his dog to retrieve.

The dog reportedly was caught by a wave and was being pulled into the surf when Davis went into the water to help. Then another wave came in, hitting him and pulling him away from the beach. A witness tried to save Davis, according to a report from the Oregon State Police. However, they say the witness was unable to bring Davis to shore. North Lincoln Fire & Rescue arrived and a rescue swimmer reached Davis in the surf, bringing him back to shore and starting CPR. Oregon State Police troopers and Lincoln City police arrived during this time.

Davis' dog was able to get back to shore and survived. The victim was transported by ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital where he was pronounced dead just before 10 a.m. Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife and Patrol Division troopers were on the scene gathering witness statements when they say Davis' son approached them about the incident. Davis son told police that his father is from Lake Oswego, and was visiting the Lincoln City area with some family members for the weekend.

Troopers helped get family members to the hospital where they were able to positively identify the man as Bill Davis.
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