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12-year-old Oregon girl drowns on Washington coast

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U.S. Coast Guard helicopter (file image) U.S. Coast Guard helicopter (file image)
LONG BEACH, WA (KPTV) -

A 12-year-old Oregon girl drowned while playing in the ocean along the Washington coast Sunday night.

According to Washington newspaper The Chinook Observer, the girl from Warrenton had been with her family and was playing with a friend in the waves off of Klipsan Beach around 7 p.m.

Officials said the friend lost sight of the victim. Ten minutes later the friend asked a stranger to call 911.

Responders from the U.S. Coast Guard, Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, South Pacific County Technical Rescue (Surf Rescue), and Pacific County Fire District No. 1 rushed to the beach and launched rescue boats and jet skis around 7:22 p.m.

The girl was spotted by a helicopter crew around 7:35 p.m. about 500 yards north of the command post, according to officials.

Rescuers brought the girl ashore and began performing CPR. She was later rushed to a nearby hospital in an ambulance.

Officials said the girl was still alive while in the ambulance but died shortly after reaching the hospital.

The girl was identified Monday afternoon as Daniela Garcia. 

Deputies said she had only been out of her caregiver's sight for a "very short time."

Weather officials said the temperature of the water at the time of the incident was about 55 degrees. 

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