Published: Mon, January 13, 2020

Girl, 7, dead, brother, 4, missing after OR family swept into ocean


An officer arrived to find the man struggling, his daughter farther out in the ocean.

His 7-year-old daughter also was pulled from the water by the officer but was pronounced dead at Providence Seaside Hospital.

Rescuers pulled the man and the girl from the water, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard said, though both were unresponsive. His name was expected to be released Sunday, police said.

It happened off the OR coast near Falcon Cove shortly before 1 p.m. Police responded to a 911 call from the children's mother, Fox 12 OR reported. An officer from the Manzanita Police Department was able to bring the girl back to shore, according to the release. The service forecast waves as high as 25 feet, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted an 8.52-foot high tide at 12:31 p.m. Saturday. There's no developed beach access, and the area is mostly served by gravel roads.


Cannon Beach Fire Department and Cannon Beach Police Department assisted the search for the little boy but the United States Coast Guard had to send helicopters, declaring it too hard to be carried out by boat. After almost five hours spent searching for the child, the effort was called off after dark. Their search was suspended at sunset and there are no plans to resume the search.

"We've exhausted our resources", Strohmaier said Saturday.

The National Weather Service warned OR beachgoers to be careful at the coast this weekend as massive waves, coupled with an unusually high tide, slammed the coastline.

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