Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Portland Family Swept Out To Sea

Portland Family Swept Out To Sea

A 7-year-old girl has died and a 4-year-old boy is missing after they were swept out to sea while being held by their father in OR on Saturday, officials say.

A father and his two children were swept into the ocean near Falcon Cove south of Cannon Beach on Saturday afternoon.

After a rescue operation, the 7-year-old girl was brought to hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The search was suspended on Sunday morning. The agency urges people to use caution as sneaker waves can knock them off their feet and quickly pull people into the ocean.

A police officer initially found the man struggling to get out of the water, while the girl was farther offshore.

The child was brought to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

"We've exhausted our resources", said Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier, The Oregonian reported.

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Just before 7 p.m. the Seattle office of the U.S. Coast Guard tweeted that the search for the boy was suspended for the night.

The Oregon Coast was battered with massive waves and king tides over the weekend, and the National Weather Service issued high surf warnings, according to the report. Officials advised people to avoid beaches and jetties, as waves were expected to remain above 25 feet throughout Saturday.

The names of the child victims have not been released.

The officer pulled the girl from the water, police said.

"The public is urged to stay away from jetty's and rocks during these risky surf conditions", the Coast Guard tweeted.

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