Jeremy Stiles kids swept to sea on Oregon coast


Jeremy Stiles kids swept to sea on Oregon coast.

A Portland father and his young son and daughter were swept into the Pacific Ocean by a large wave on the Oregon coast Saturday afternoon, Oregon State Police said. The father and daughter were rescued, but the girl died and a search failed to find the boy.

Troopers said first responders were called around 12:40 p.m. to the Falcon Cove area, near Cannon beach and the Clatsop-Tillamook county line, for three people swept into the ocean.

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A preliminary investigation found that a man, identified Sunday by OSP as Jeremy Stiles, 47, of Portland, was holding his 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son on the shore when they were all swept into the ocean by a wave.

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A Manzanita police officer arrived to find Stiles struggling to get to shore and the girl farther out in the water, troopers said. The officer went in and was able to bring the girl to shore.

The father and daughter were taken by ambulance to Providence Seaside Hospital, where the girl was pronounced dead. Troopers said the father is expected to survive.

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The U.S. Coast Guard sent helicopters to help search for the boy, but the search effort was suspended at sunset.

The Cannon Beach fire and police Departments and Manzanita police assisted at the scene.

Advisories were in place on the coast Saturday due to expected rough waters, combined with unusually high tides, known as “king tides.”


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