Teen Cheerleader Ends Up Dead After Posing For Photos On The Beach.

Teens heading to the beach and choosing to strike a pose for pictures never dreamed that it would turn into tragedy. That’s precisely what happened, though, as a cheerleader and promising student’s life was cut short before everyone’s view. Her death today now functions as a warning.

Teen Cheerleader Ends Up Dead After Posing For Photos On The Beach.
Cheerleader Aurora Genai Sheffel (Photo Credit: GoFundMe)

14-year-old cheerleader Aurora Genai Sheffel from Eugene, Oregon, had a bright future ahead of her. The straight-forward Unusual for a freshman, a North Eugene High School student was already a flyer on the varsity cheer team and had a 10-year plan, including early high school graduation, before pursuing a degree in marine biology. One sad event would sadly alter her course and bring her life to an early and untimely end.

On the first day of spring break, Aurora and some of her friends had chosen to spend Saturday afternoon on Bandon’s South Jetty Park beach along with one of her friend’s parents. That day, the weather was reportedly windy, and although the beach was empty, the girls were still resolved to have a great day. Making the most of it, they decided that the gorgeous shore would make perfect pictures.

Aurora Genai Sheffel was a talented cheerleader (Photo Credit: Facebook/North Eugene Cheerleading)

Aurora and one of her friends stood on top after spotting a log resting on the sandy shore, staring toward the surf as another friend captured a picture during the strong receding tide. Then the picture was forwarded to Aurora’s non-traveling mother, Cora Sheffel Wederquist. Little did Cora know, right there in the picture was the last picture taken of her daughter alive and the reason her child died.

The mother said the picture caught an apparently benign wave that might be approaching. Aurora’s friend apparently leaped off the log after the picture was shot, but Aurora did not. Rather, a “sneaker wave” swept in and Aurora got caught in the surf when the wave, before rolling on top of her and pinning her in the water, lifted the log she had just been standing on. A local news source informed her parents.

Sometimes appearing in a wave train without warning, a “sneaker wave, also known as a sleeper wave, is a disproportionately big, unexpected coastal wave. More significantly, the National Weather Service reports, they are “potentially deadly waves that surge further up the beach than expected, overtaking the unaware.”

As well as lifting heavy trash, these waves can sweep beachgoers into the ocean, posing other hazards—exactly what happened that fatal day. NWS says, “Logs on the beach are wet, extremely heavy, and can weigh hundreds of pounds.” ” Yet a single sneaker wave can lift and roll these logs further up the beach, as well as roll them back down the beach, knocking over or pinning naive beachgoers.” Just how fast and strong such a wave can be seen in the video below:

Aurora had already suffered life-threatening injuries when her friends jumped from the log, escaped unharmed tried to save their friend. Aurora passed away from her injuries despite the best efforts of a responding Bandon police officer who gave CPR and the paramedics who carried out life-saving actions when emergency crews were called and arrived. Pressed dead at Southern Coos Hospital in Bandon

“A woman came and brought blankets to the traumatized, soaked friends who were cold, wet, crying, and in shock,” said Coos Bay photographer Steven Michael, who noted he came upon the aftermath. “She told them, ‘You need to stop and pray right now, it looks like they’re losing her,'” he said. “I watched the ambulance drive off with lights and sirens blaring and noticed a man standing by himself, looking upset and in shock. He was carrying a plastic beach bucket for a child and some damp shoes.

Cheerleader Aurora Genai Sheffel (Photo Credit: Screenshot)

Although some sources claimed Aurora was taking a “selfie,” her mother said that’s simply not true—nor did Aurora have her back to the water during the accident, as some reports said. “She turned her head and it happened,” Cora Wederquist said. “I chatted with her friend, who offered assistance. When a 14-year-old girl tried to move that log by herself, more water flowed and rolled it on my daughter. She claimed Aurora felt no pain and it was so fast.

Oregon State Police released a safety tip from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, State Parks, following the sad death. The advise cautioned, “The ocean is strong enough to pick up even the biggest log and roll it down on top of you.” “Some logs may seem small, but even the little ones can weigh tons and be waterlogged. Playing it safe means staying off any log you come across in the surf or on damp sand. Furthermore, as advised by the NWS, beachgoers should never turn their back on the ocean.

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