FALCON COVE, OR (KPTV) – Oregon State Police on Sunday identified the father who was swept into the ocean along with his two children after a strong wave hit them on the Oregon Coast Saturday.
OSP identified the man as 47-year-old Jeremy Stiles from Portland.
Crews responded to the Falcon Cove area Saturday afternoon. Falcon Cove is near the county line of Clatsop County and Tillamook County, south of Cannon Beach.
OSP says Stiles was holding his two children – a 7-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy – on the shore when they were all swept into the ocean by a wave.
Police arrived to find Stiles struggling to get to shore and the girl further out in the ocean.
Stiles and the girl were rescued, while crews searched for the second child.
Crews suspended their search Saturday at sunset. The boy has not been located.
The Coast Guard on Sunday morning said there were no plans to search.
OSP said Stiles and the girl were taken to Providence Seaside Hospital, where the girl later died. Stiles is expected to survive.
FOX 12 spoke with a neighbor who saw the children and their father swept out to sea.
Joanne Cornelius, who has lived here since 1972, was the one to call 911 and was patched in to the Coast Guard. She relayed to the helicopter where to search.
“It’s horrible,” she said. “How strong, how high the water was.”
On Sunday, Cornelius remains emotional.
“We’ve been – it’s the first thing we think about in the morning, it was the last thing we thought about last night. Because you can’t get that out of your mind,” she said.
This tragedy – a reminder that the ocean is unpredictable and dangerous.
“The king tide like we had this weekend, it makes conditions even worse. You have to respect the elements and know that there’s no telling what can happen,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.
While a family suffers the loss of two children, this community mourns with them.
“To have to tell also the other children that this sort of thing had happened – it’s unbearable. It really is,” Cornelius said.
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