A father and his two children were swept out to sea by a massive wave at Cannon Beach in Oregon.
The father survived, but his 7-year-old daughter died and his 4-year-old son is still missing.
Jeremy Stiles, 47, of Portland, was holding his two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, onshore near Falcon Cove, south of Cannon Beach, Oregon, Saturday afternoon when a wave swept them out to sea.
King Tide + rainbows at Shore Acres State Park on Oregon’s South Coast 🌊🌈 pic.twitter.com/CIGHyC4ey1— Tristan Fortsch (@tristanCF) January 11, 2020
When the police arrived, the girl was spotted out in the ocean while the father was struggling closer to shore. Both the father and the girl were taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
In addition, warnings about “sneaker” waves were still in place Sunday for the area. Here an example from 2016:
This woman was more lucky:
Remember, officials say never turn your back to the ocean.— KATU News (@KATUNews) January 11, 2020
This woman barely escaped this massive wave at Neskowin today. There’s currently a king tide creating “life-threatening surf conditions” at the Oregon coast this weekend. https://t.co/eOAIuBLzNE pic.twitter.com/ldTojeMZ4L
There’s no word on the father’s condition, but he most be moraly destroyed.
A HIGH SURF WARNING has been issued for the Southern Oregon Coast from 10 PM Friday – 10 PM Saturday for dangerously large breaking waves. Waves will surge into normally dry areas. Infrastructure damage and significant beach erosion is expected. pic.twitter.com/hYNo2S51iU— Caitlin Harvey (@CaitlinHarveyWX) January 9, 2020
The U.S. Coast Coast Guard searched the missing boy aboard helicopters – sea conditions were too bad for boats – until saturday evening… He has probably drowned.
Strong winds will create hazardous seas this weekend. 🌊 Seas will peak at 28-32 ft Friday night into Saturday & decreasing Saturday afternoon. High surf will impact local beaches with waves crashing over jetties & moving logs on beaches. Stay safe! #ORwx #WAwx pic.twitter.com/4wkqXSl7hq— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) January 10, 2020
On Saturday, officials had released a coastal flood warning and a high surf warning for the area, warning of large and dangerous waves with breakers of 35 to 40 feet.