Boy washed from island was on youth authority trip

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The boy who was swept to his death by a rogue wave last week was a 16-year-old in the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority.

The boy, Justin Hadley of White City, was on a field trip with the Lithia Boys Program to study tidepools when he fell from Preston Island rocks into the ocean on the evening of March 27, according to a dispatcher for the Del Norte County sheriffs office.

Another student, Jeremy McGee, also fell into the water, but was able to get out before the current swept him away, the dispatcher said. McGee was treated at a nearby hospital for minor cuts and released.

Area emergency services, law enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard searched for Hadley for about three hours on March 27. They called off the search because of poor weather and visibility. Searchers were unsuccessful again on March 28.

Hadley and McGee are both students at Lithia Boys Program in Ashland, a residential treatment home for troubled teens ages 13 to 18.

Hadley was placed in the residential treatment program as part of his probation, said Karen Andall, a spokeswoman for the youth authority.

McGee is on parole, having served time at a youth accountability camp.

Both boys have been in the youth authoritys custody for about a year, Andall said.

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