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Story by Donna Millsap - The Oregon Herald
Published on Tuesday December 8, 2020 - 1:59 AM
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OCEANSIDE, Oregon - On Saturday, a huge rockslide make tourists and locals alike to run up the side of a large hill to safety before rescuers helped others as the ocean tide cut off a path to safety.

The rockslide cut off an entrance to a tunnel for pedestrians leading through Maxwell Mountain to Ocean Beach and Tunnel beach.

Chief Tim Carpenter with the nearby Netarts-Oceanside Fire District said as many up to 16 people were trapped on the beach after the rockslide blocked one side entrance to a would-be escape tunnel for those remaining to Maxwell Mountain that leads to Ocean Beach and Tunnel beach.

Several people were stranded on the shore but fortunately no one was trapped in the tunnel. Five or six of the people were able to scale the hillside and make it up to a road, he said.

Several of the remaining victims were too apprehensive to venture up and over a somewhat dangerous hill to safety.

Rescuers pulled and shoved remaining victims out through a small opening.

The tunnel remains closed until a local geologist can determine what needs to be done next and the amount of remaining danger to local folk and tourists.