Freak accident kills teenage cheerleader during beach trip
A freak accident claimed the life of a 14-year-old teenager on Saturday at a beach in Bandon, Oregon.
According to Oregon Live, Aurora Genai Sheffel was snapping photos with her friends on a log near the ocean to celebrate Spring Break when the tragedy occurred.
As the tide receded, it pulled the log out from underneath them, according to the teen's stepfather, David Wederquist.
Two of Aurora's friends jumped off the log, but she was pinned under it.
"They were just taking pictures and posing," Wederquist told the Eugene Register-Guard.
Emergency crews arrived around 4 p.m., and after several attempts, rescuers were able to free her.
Aurora was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Oregon State Police told Oregon Live that the ocean is strong enough to pick up even the biggest logs, and the logs soak up enough water to weigh tons.
Large, unexpected "sneaker waves" have injured at least two children since 2000 by rolling large logs over top of them.
The family set up a GoFundMe to help cover final expenses.