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Father dies trying to save son on Oregon coast, 17-year-old still missing

ROCKAWAY BEACH, Oregon — A tragedy on the Oregon coast today around 2:21 p.m. Emergency personnel responded to a report of a water rescue occurring on the Pacific Ocean beach adjacent to the city of Rockaway Beach.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 17 year old male from Fort Collins, Colorado was riding a boogie board in the surf when a wave knocked him off his board.  Family members, on the shore, could see he was in distress.  His father, 50, from Fort Collins, Colorado entered the surf in an attempt to rescue his son.  After several minutes, family members lost sight of both father and son.

A search and rescue effort was begun involving the US Coast Guard and local emergency responders.  While flying over the area, a US Coast Guard helicopter located and recovered the 50 year old male, who was deceased. The 17 year old male is still missing and is presumed to be deceased.

 

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