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Body found on beach identified as Portland man swept into ocean

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A body found on the beach on the Oregon coast has been identified as a man who was swept into the ocean while rock climbing.

A person called 911 after spotting the body two miles south of Cape Lookout in Tillamook County at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Deputies recovered the body and identified the man as James Alejandro, 25, of Portland.

Alejandro had been missing since April 24. That afternoon, he was using a rope climbing system to scale a section of Cape Kiwanda near Pacific City.

A large wave came crashing in and knocked him into the water.

Witnesses said he was not using any additional safety lines or equipment.

Helicopters and a ship from the U.S. Coast Guard searched the area, but he was never found.

Friends told Fox 12 that Alejandro was slacklining too close to the ocean. They said he was new to the hobby, but he was good at it. Still, they said once he was swept in, there was nothing they could do.

"It's still difficult to put into words what we saw, what we experienced," said friend Matthew Marino in April. "We'll just try to remember him for who he was."

Alejandro was originally from the Chicago area, but had lived in Portland for about three years.

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