Tsunami Victim's Body Washes Ashore in Oregon

Californian Dustin Weber was swept into ocean 380 miles away
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2011 1:38 AM CDT
Updated Apr 13, 2011 5:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – The body of the sole West Coast victim of last month's tsunami washed ashore on an Oregon beach 383 miles away from where he was swept away in California. The body of Dustin Weber, 25, was discovered earlier this month—22 days after the tsunami triggered by Japan's massive earthquake—and was identified through dental records, CNN reports. The Oregon native had moved to northern California to start a new life just 2 weeks before the tsunami.

Weber was standing near the mouth of the Klamath River with two friends when the tsunami swell struck, some time after the main surge had been predicted to hit the California coast. His friends were also swept away but managed to return to shore. "They just couldn't get him," Weber's mother tells AP. "The wave just came so fast and hard. They were soaking wet, both of them. They were lucky they weren't taken also." (Read more tsunami stories.)

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