Father and two young children swept away by wave on shore

Clay Curtis
January 14, 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.

Her father is expected to survive.

Jeremy Stiles, 47, of Portland, was on the shore at the Falcon Cove area with his children when they were all pulled into the ocean by a wave, state police said.

Cannon Beach Fire Department and Cannon Beach Police Department assisted the search for the little boy but the United States Coast Guard had to send helicopters, declaring it too hard to be carried out by boat. The agency urges people to use caution as sneaker waves can knock them off their feet and quickly pull people into the ocean.

Stiles 4-year-old son is still missing, reports say. A search for the boy has since been suspended "indefinitely", The Oregonian reported. "While great to look at, do not forget to stay a safe distance away as a High Surf Warning is still in play".

"We've exhausted our resources", said Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier, a regional spokesman for the Coast Guard.

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Police said the girl was pronounced deceased at PSH. "We're obviously hoping for the best, but at this point it's very challenging".

It said: "Destructive waves may wash over beaches, jetties, and other structures unexpectedly".

The names of the child victims have not been released.

"The public is urged to stay away from jetty's and rocks during these unsafe surf conditions", the Coast Guard tweeted.

Manzanita Police Department requested no media interviews on Sunday.

On Saturday, high tide hit the area around 11:40 a.m. and reached 8.3 feet.

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