Girl, 7, dead, brother, 4, missing after OR family swept into ocean

Clay Curtis
January 13, 2020

A 7-year-old girl was dead and a 4-year-old boy was missing after they were swept to sea along with a man who was holding them on the coast in Oregon Saturday, authorities said.

The three were onshore near Cape Falcon when the wave hit, according to Oregon State Police.

It happened off the OR coast near Falcon Cove shortly before 1 p.m. Police responded to a 911 call from the children's mother, Fox 12 OR reported.

The children's mother called 911 and when a police officer arrived, the dad was struggling to get out of the ocean while his daughter was seen further out in the water.

Ambulances took Stiles and his daughter to Providence Seaside Hospital, where the girl was pronounced dead, the release said. An officer from the Manzanita Police Department was able to bring the girl back to shore, according to the release.

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The Coast Guard used helicopters to search for the boy on Saturday because the surf was too rough for small boats, oregonlive.com reports. After almost five hours spent searching for the child, the effort was called off after dark.

"We've exhausted our resources", Strohmaier said Saturday.

'Destructive waves may wash over beaches, jetties, and other structures unexpectedly, ' the National Weather Service warned. Officials advised people to avoid beaches and jetties, as waves were expected to remain above 25 feet throughout Saturday.

The incident unfolded at Falcon Cove Beach, between the unincorporated community of Arch Cape to the north and Oswald West State Park to the south.

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