- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland-area firefighter was killed in a kitesurfing accident this week on the Oregon Coast.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue says in a release that Wylie Johnson Jr., who went by Dale, was killed Thursday.

The 49-year-old Johnson was near Lincoln City when he suffered an unspecified accident. He was found by a friend, unresponsive.

Medical staff pronounced him dead after unsuccessful resuscitation efforts at the beach and hospital.

Johnson was a firefighter in Jackson County before joining TVFR in 1995.

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