MANZANITA, OR (KPTV) – An Oregon woman was hospitalized with more than a dozen broken ribs and a broken tailbone after a sneaker wave flipped a large log on top of her Monday near Manzanita.
Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue says Heathyr Croasmun was sitting on the log when it flipped and caused serious injuries to her chest and back.
FOX 12 spoke with people familiar with Croasmun Monday evening.
They say she is still in the ICU, but her spirits are high.
One person said they witnessed part of what happened.
“We were 3,4, 500 feet from where the waves were going,” Kim Croasmun, Heathyr’s sister-in-law, said. “This wave just came out of nowhere and, even as we were running, we didn’t realize how strong it could be.”
Kim Croasmun says she and other family members were standing when the sneaker wave hit suddenly, pulling some of them under water as well.
Ishah Fehon, Heathyr’s best friend, says Heathyr is lucky to be alive.
“They said thank your lucky stars, because most people don’t survive,” Fehon said.
Heathyr was flown to a Portland hospital with serious injuries. Doctors say she has 13 broken ribs and a broken tailbone. Her friend say she’s also had some trouble breathing.
Family friends have set up a fundraiser to help cover the cost of the Life Flight and medical expenses.
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