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.
Oregon State Police said 47-year-old Jeremy Stiles of Portland was carrying his two children along the Falcon Cove area midday Saturday when a wave pulled all of them into the ocean.
We don't know her father's condition at this point, but he is expected to survive. The agency urges people to use caution as sneaker waves can knock them off their feet and quickly pull people into the ocean.More news: Warren: Sanders Is Sending Volunteers 'Out to Trash Me'
The girl and her father weren't responsive, the station reported.
"The officer went into the ocean and was able to get the juvenile female and bring her to shore", police said.
Despite the search, captured on video by KPTV, had to be suspended at sunset and the little boy was not located.
Authorities advised locals to stay away from jetties, logs and rocks on the beach which could be lifted up by waves as they experienced some of the worst conditions of the winter.More news: Laura Whitmore reveals Love Island has been overshadowed by Caroline Flack's arrest
The Coast Guard used a helicopter to search for the boy.
"We've exhausted our resources", said Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier, The Oregonian reported.
The National Weather Service had issued a high-surf warning in the area for Saturday, as large waves made for risky surf topping 9.1 metres.
Manzanita Police Department requested no media interviews on Sunday.More news: Celtics start strong, but lose third straight game, 109-98 to Sixers