PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The man swept to sea while holding two children on Saturday has been identified as the children’s father, Jeremy Stiles.
One of the children died and another is still missing after a strong wave swept the three of them into the ocean on Saturday, according to Oregon State Police.
Stiles was holding his two young children, a 7-year-old-girl and a 4-year-old boy, when they were hit by the wave and pulled under.
A police officer found 47-year-old Stiles struggling in the water, with the girl further out behind him. OSP said the officer was able to rescue the 7-year-old from the current and Stiles was able to get to shore as well. The 4-year-old boy is still missing.
The 7-year-old and Stiles were both immediately taken to Providence Seaside Hospital. However, OSP said the child was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Coast Guard had a helicopter in the air to search for the missing boy near Falcon Cove. However, crews were forced to suspend their search for the night at approximately 4:50 p.m. On Sunday morning, the USCG said they would not continue their search.
A High Surf Warning was in effect for Saturday until 8 p.m. Tillamook County Emergency Management warned of waves reaching heights of 25-30 feet. Sneaker waves and rip tides pose serious danger to beach-goers.
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