Father and two young children swept away by wave on shore

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2020

Jeremy Stiles, 47, of Portland, was holding his 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son on the beach in the area of Falcon Cove in Arch Cape Saturday afternoon when a wave took them into the ocean, Oregon State Police said in a release.

Officials said Saturday that Stiles was onshore holding the children around 1 p.m. when they were hit by a wave.

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.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, rescuers pulled Stiles and his daughter from the water.

"The officer went into the ocean and was able to get the juvenile female and bring her to shore", police said.

The search for the young boy was primarily conducted by helicopter and crews onshore, according to the Coast Guard.

They were taken to a local hospital in Seaside, where the girl was pronounced dead. After almost five hours spent searching for the child, the effort was called off after dark.

"We've exhausted our resources", said Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier, The Oregonian reported. Police said more information would be released Sunday. "We're obviously hoping for the best, but at this point it's very challenging".

The coast was under a National Weather Service high surf warning, the highest alert for waves, and was also experiencing unusually high tides known as king tides. Officials advised people to avoid beaches and jetties, as waves were expected to remain above 25 feet throughout Saturday.

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