Emergency services responded to the Falcon Cove area, near the county line of Clatsop County and Tillamook County, at 12:38 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, for three people that had been swept into the ocean.
Preliminary investigation revealed an adult man was holding two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, on the shore and they were all swept into the ocean by a wave.
According to authorities, a police officer arrived to find the adult man struggling to get out of the ocean and a girl further out in the ocean. The officer went into the ocean and was able to get the girl and bring her to shore. She was transported by Medix Ambulance to Providence Seaside Hospital (PSH). The adult man was also taken by ambulance to PSH.
The 4-year-old boy has not yet been located. The United States Coast Guard sent helicopters to aid in the search, but the search had to be suspended at sunset.
The young girl was pronounced deceased at PSH.
Cannon Beach Fire Department, Cannon Beach Police Department and Manzanita Police Department all assisted on scene.
The man and father of the two children has been identified as Jeremy Stiles, 47, from Portland.
The officer that entered the ocean is from the Manzanita Police Department and is requesting no media interviews at this time.