Father drowns, son presumed dead off Rockaway Beach
A 50-year-old man is dead and a 17-year-old boy is presumed drowned after they were swept into the Pacific Ocean Wednesday, according to authorities.
Oregon State Police said the boy was boogie boarding when a wave knocked him off his board. The boy's father went into the surf to try to rescue his son.
The boy’s stepmother called 911 after she lost sight of them.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted the man in the surf. They lowered a rescuer to retrieve the man's body.
Vickie Gross watched the search effort unfold outside her window.
"That doesn't happen out here. It was disturbing to see it firsthand, right here," she said. "Not only does she not know what happened to the son, she lost a husband as well today."
Gross described the waves as higher than usual. She said she got an advisory alert from the weather service that waves could be up to 15 feet high.
OSP said crews are still looking for the boy. The Coast Guard said it would continue searching for the boy from the air until after sunset and then again at first light Thursday morning.
The father and son were from Fort Collins, Colorado.
Video at the scene as it appears a Coast Guard rescuer pulls a person out of the surf:
Watch a Second Video at the Scene of the Search: