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Cape Kiwanda drowning victim identified as 19-year-old from Woodburn

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PACIFIC CITY, OR (KPTV) -

For the second time in a month, someone has drowned at Cape Kiwanda.

First responders were called out to the area known as the Punch Bowl at 4:43 p.m. Sunday on a report of three people who had fallen into the water.

Investigators said a group of friends were climbing in the area when one slipped and fell. Two other men attempted to help him, but they both slipped and fell into the water, as well.

Two of them were able to get out, including the first man who fell.

Investigators said they lost sight of the third man, identified as 19-year-old David Lopez of Woodburn. Nestucca Fire and Rescue crews later found Lopez unconscious.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was called out and transported Lopez to waiting medical personnel on the beach. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In early February, the search for a 17-year-old girl who fell off a cliff into the water at Cape Kiwanda was suspended and she was presumed drowned. The body of Megan Owens of Marysville, Washington has not been recovered.

Investigators said in both cases the victims ignored warning signs and a fence to climb around the dangerous area.

"The public is asked to please remain behind the fence and under no circumstances climb down the dunes to near the water. While you may think you are safe, one minor mistake can cost you your life, devastating your family and friends," said Gordon McCraw, Tillamook County emergency manager, in a statement.

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