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Tsunami Warning System Delivers Incorrect Message - 01/03/18

Seaside, Ore. -- January 3, 2018 -- Earlier today, the City of Seaside's regularly scheduled maintenance testing of its tsunami warning system malfunctioned, erroneously informing thousands of citizens and visitors that a tsunami was scheduled to arrive on the coast in approximately four hours. The city wanted to make sure that residents and visitors understood what had happened this morning and the steps being taken to correct the error.

"For years, the city has been running monthly tests of the system on the first Wednesday of the month," explains Jon Rahl, public information officer for the city. While evaluating the system in December, the server that runs these warnings crashed. Early morning testing today led us to believe the system was back online and would operate correctly."

While the usual procedure was followed in conducting today's monthly test, our reports now indicate that one of the several pre-recorded messages we have ready to implement -- depending on the emergency at hand -- pre-empted the usual "this is only a test message."

"We regret the error," stated Rahl, "but it's also a reminder of why we do these tests and run them throughout the year. Tests give us the opportunity to evaluate what's working, and in this case what's not. City management and the Seaside Police Department, where the message system resides, are working together to continually improve the system and we learned today that we have several improvements to make that we will begin working on immediately.

The city encourages residents and visitors to use this, and every monthly warning, as a reminder that emergencies can strike at any time and not just in the form of a natural disaster. "Fires, winter storms, a shutdown of Highway 101, these are just a few things beyond a tsunami that could happen here," cautions Rahl. "Taking time every month to do an inventory of emergency supplies and asking yourself what route you would take should disaster strike is something we encourage every citizen to do."

You can start your safety preparation today with a couple of simple steps. For cell phone users: sign up to receive text updates when tsunami tests like these will occur, along with information about road closures and safety warnings. To get these texts, simply send the zip code, 97138, by text, to phone number 888777. This will sign you up for our monthly warnings. You can also register your phone number and email by visiting nixle.com. Alternatively, you can follow the Seaside Police Department on Facebook.

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Attached Media Files: TsunamiMessage_01.03.2018.pdf
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Body of Missing Kayaker Found on Seaside Beach at Mouth of the Estuary (Photo) - 01/03/18

***This updates datelines that were previously incorrect.***

Seaside, Ore. -- January 3, 2018 -- On January 2, 2018 at approximately 6:12 p.m., the Seaside Police Department was notified of a deceased person found at the waterline of the Pacific Ocean west of the Seaside Turnaround. The deceased was later confirmed to be Matthew Manley, age 42, of Tualatin, Oregon.

Manley was reported missing on Monday, January 1, around 2:45 p.m. after having gone crabbing from a kayak in the Seaside Estuary near the mouth of the Necanicum River. Late that afternoon Seaside Fire and Rescue as well as the U.S. Coast Guard responded to assist with the search for Manley.

The U.S. Coast Guard continued searching for Manley through the evening hours with helicopter crews, and overnight by boat until 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, at which time the search was called off. The Coast Guard uses a survivability model based on weather conditions, survival equipment and the assets involved. Coast Guard crews deployed included Sector Columbia River Helicopter crews on rotation and 47-foot motor lifeboats on rotation from Station Cape Disappointment.

The Seaside Police Department is still looking for the missing kayak as officials believe it may have been removed from the beach shoreline on January 2. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Guy Knight with the Seaside Police Department at 503-738-6311.

The City of Seaside reminds those recreating in and around open waters to use extreme caution any time of year. Water temperatures in the winter are near 50 degrees and can result in hypothermia in a very short amount of time. Let someone know if you are planning to be around the water. Please observe proper safety and use a flotation device around the ocean and rivers.

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Missing Kayaker at mouth of Seaside Estuary - 01/02/18

Seaside, Ore. -- January 2, 2018 -- On January 1, 2018 at approximately 2:45pm, the Seaside Police Department was notified of a missing person near the mouth of the Seaside Estuary. Matthew Manley, age 42, of Tualatin, Oregon was last seen crabbing from his kayak near the mouth of the estuary.

Police did a visual search of the area and could not find Manley or his kayak. Seaside Fire and Rescue assisted with a shore search on both sides of the estuary. They were unable to locate the man, his crab pot, or kayak.

The U.S. Coast Guard assisted with sweeping the area and searching for Manley through the evening with helicopter crews, overnight by boat, and continuing their search today.

Coast Guard crews deployed include Sector Columbia River Helicopter crews on rotation and 47-foot motor lifeboats on rotation from Station Cape Disappointment.

The City of Seaside reminds those recreating in and around open waters to use extreme caution. Water temperatures are near 50 degrees and can result in hypothermia in a very short amount of time. Let someone know if you are planning to be around the water. Please observe proper safety and use a flotation device around the ocean and rivers.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Guy Knight with the Seaside Police Department at 503-738-6311.


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