Rockslide Temporarily Traps People On Coast

OCEANSIDE, Ore. (AP) – A rockslide that partially blocked an Oceanside shore-access tunnel forced stranded beachgoers to scramble up a large hillside and rescuers to help others through the remaining opening as the tide came in Saturday.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Netarts-Oceanside Fire District chief Tim Carpenter said Monday that about 14 people were trapped on the beach after the slide blocked one entrance to a pedestrian tunnel that cuts through Maxwell Mountain and leads to Ocean Beach and Tunnel beach.

The tunnel remains closed.

According to Carpenter, a geologist will likely need to assess the slide before the tunnel can be reopened.

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