Lincoln City drowning victim a longtime TVF&R firefighter

Johnson died in likely kitesurfing accident

TVF&R Lt. Wylie "Dale" Johnson Jr. was killed in an off-duty kitesurfing accident off the Oregon coast July 3, 2014. (TVF&R)
TVF&R Lt. Wylie "Dale" Johnson Jr. was killed in an off-duty kitesurfing accident off the Oregon coast July 3, 2014. (TVF&R)

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The man who died in a Lincoln City hospital following an apparent kitesurfing accident Thursday has been identified as an off-duty member of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

Oregon State Police confirmed Wylie Dale Johnson Jr. was found unresponsive offshore at Roads End State Park by a friend around 5 p.m. Thursday.

Johnson was pronounced dead after lifesaving efforts from his friend, responding firefighters and hospital emergency staff proved unsuccessful.

Johnson, a 49-year-old Dundee native, had served on TVF&R for 19 years. Most recently, Johnson was assigned as a lieutenant at Fire Station 35 in King City. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Jackson County.

“Dale Johnson was a good firefighter, a good lieutenant and a good man. The men and women at TVF&R will miss him, and our hearts go out to his family,” TVF&R Chief Mike Duyck said Friday.

In a statement, the department said “Dale loved his crew, his job, and was someone who was passionate about everything he did, be it work or play. He was an avid kitesurfer and enjoyed his time on the water.”

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