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Man swept out to sea sought a new beginning

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 13, 2011 at 3:07 p.m.

Leaving his teenage drug abuse behind in Oregon, Dustin Weber was seeking a new beginning along California’s rugged far northern coast, happy to be in the land of his mother’s heritage, the Yurok Tribe.

Yet before Weber could get a proper start, the 25-year-old was swept out to sea at the mouth of the Klamath River by a tsunami surge generated thousands of miles away by the earthquake off Japan’s coast.

Rescuers were unable to reach him Friday and called off their efforts; he is presumed dead, though his body has not been found

His would be the first death of a person on the West Coast by a tsunami since 1964, when 11 people in nearby Crescent City died from the surge created by an earthquake in Alaska.

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