Portland Family Swept Out To Sea

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2020

It happened Saturday afternoon along Falcon Cove, which is near Arch Cape and Astoria.

Emergency services responded at approximately 12:38 p.m. Saturday. Stiles and his daughter were transported to Providence Seaside Hospital, where she later died. The search was suspended on Sunday morning. The officer entered the ocean.

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

Police said the girl was pronounced deceased at PSH. The young boy could not be located.

The Coast Guard used helicopters to search for the boy on Saturday because the surf was too rough for small boats, oregonlive.com reports.

The father's condition was not immediately available. Officials advised people to avoid beaches and jetties, as waves were expected to remain above 25 feet throughout Saturday. "These tides are unpredictable, and the surf with this weather is a risky mix - Mother Nature's not forgiving". "Beaches along the Pacific Northwest are rugged and remote".

The man's condition was unknown.

"If you plan to head to a beach to witness the unbelievable power of the ocean, be sure to observe from a distance".

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

The National Weather Service had issued a high-surf warning in the area for Saturday, as large waves made for unsafe surf topping 9.1 metres.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier urged people to stay away from rocks and jetties, as a rogue wave could take someone out to sea.

In addition, the local National Weather Service for Portland and OR said in its own advisory posted to social media: "Waves were hitting their peak this morning off the coast. While great to look at, do not forget to stay a safe distance away as a High Surf Warning is still in play".

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