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19-year-old from Portland care program presumed drowned on OR coast

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GARIBALDI, OR (KPTV) -

A 19-year-old who is part of the Albertina Kerr program in Portland is presumed to have drowned on the Oregon coast.

Emergency crews responded to Barview County Park in Tillamook County at 4:20 p.m. Monday.

Investigators said three people were wading near the north jetty when a large sneaker wave swept them out. Two of the three people were able to get back to shore, but deputies said Brandon Shockley did not.

A search operation including the U.S. Coast Guard and several fire departments was launched to try and find the man.

After more than five hours of searching by boat and helicopter, Shockley was not found.

Search efforts resumed Tuesday morning, but there was still no sign of him. Deputies said Shockley is presumed to have drowned.

He was part of a group from Albertina Kerr, according to deputies. The Portland agency's website says they "provide programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges."

The CEO of Albertina Kerr told Fox 12 all the appropriate rules were followed with regards to this trip and supervision. He said it was just a terrible accident.

The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office reported that its search and rescue team, along with its marine division, would continue to search beach areas to try and locate Shockley.

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