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Crews continue clearing debris after van and trailer submerged on Oregon coast

Van and trailer submerged on Oregon Coast - Photo courtesy the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

GEARHART, Ore. – Crews continued removing debris from the surf at Del Ray Beach in Gearhart Thursday after and van and RV became stuck in the sand and submerged Wednesday.

According to the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the incident around 4:30 a.m. near the Del Ray Beach access.

The vehicle’s owner contacted law enforcement and tow companies, but by the time a tow truck arrived at the scene, the vehicle was halfway submerged in the ocean.

The owner stayed in the area and helped collect debris as it washed ashore.

The U.S. Coast Guard monitored the situation in case any oil or fuel leaked.

Thursday morning, employees from Affordable Tow and Sons and Beaches 4x4 club worked to remove the van and trailer. When crews arrived, the van was buried approximately three feet in the sand.

Crews worked for about two hours and successfully removed the trailer, but they were unable to remove the van before the tide came in.

They plan to try again when the tide is right and the proper equipment is available.

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