Pacific Coast Surf Rescue

12-year-old boy who spent as long as 20 minutes immersed in the Pacific Ocean surf

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

LONG BEACH, Wash. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy who spent as long as 20 minutes immersed in the Pacific Ocean surf before he was rescued is amazing his family.

"Maybe there is a miracle that's happening here," the boy's father, Chad Ostrander of Spanaway, Wash., told reporters Tuesday.

Charles "Dale" Ostrander was visiting the southwest Washington coast with members of his church youth group last Friday when he was caught in a riptide north of Long Beach.

Doug Knutzen is part of the volunteer surf rescue team that spotted the boy in the water. When Knutzen carried Dale from the surf and handed him to medics, the veteran rescuer feared the worst.

"I've been doing this since 1978," Knutzen told The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/pOM33k ). "It's something you never get used to, but I knew that the boy was gone, absolutely gone."

Recording the scene was Damian Mulinix, a photographer from the Chinook Observer newspaper who had responded to the beach rescue. He says the other children from the church group sobbed and prayed.

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