14-year-old straight-A cheerleader killed as log rolls in Ore. surf

Photo of Aurora Genai Sheffel from family members

BANDON, Ore. – A 14-year-old Eugene girl died Saturday after being pinned under a log on the Oregon coast.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that 14-year-old Aurora Sheffel was standing on top of the log with friends at the South Jetty Park Beach on Saturday. Sheffel was the last one standing on the log when it shifted in the surf and rolled.

KATU-TV News reports that beachgoers managed to get her out from under the log before emergency crews arrived at the scene. She sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the South Coos Hospital.

Sheffel was the daughter of Cora and David Wederquist of Eugene. Her parents say the straight A student that was at the beach celebrating spring break and her recent selection into North Eugene High School's cheerleading team.

"She was really mostly a nerd," David Wederquist said. "Straight As. But she thought she'd give cheerleading a try. She was just a great kid; you couldn't ask for one better."

Sheffel's relatives have set up a GoFundMe page for funeral expenses. As of Tuesday, the donations surpassed the relatives' $5,000 goal.

Eugene School District spokeswoman Kerry Delf said the high school will provide support for the students when they return to class.

Oregon State Police Sgt. Kyle Hove recommends that future beach visitors read safety tips found on Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's state parks' website beforehand.

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