UPDATE: Authorities have confirmed that a body found washed up near Rockaway Beach on Friday belonged to 17-year-old Samuel Allen. The body was found about one half-mile away from where Allen was last seen on June 6.
Both Samuel Allen and his father Robert went missing under the waves on June 6. Robert's body was recovered later that day, but Samuel has been missing ever since.
The announcement on Friday came from Oregon State Police (OSP).
(Updated as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 18)
UPDATE: The search for 17-year-old Samuel Allen in the waves off Rockaway Beach has been suspended, according to a statement from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Search efforts ended at 9:42 a.m. Thursday morning, after a number of agencies and craft responded.
"As we've come to the difficult decision to suspend this search, we extend our deepest condolences to those affected by this tragedy," the statement read. "We also want to thank all our partner agencies who assisted with search efforts for their dedication and service to the public."
According to the Coast Guard, they received a call regarding the incident on Wednesday afternoon from Samuel's step-mother, relayed through Tillamook 911. The step-mother reported that Samuel had been seen struggling to get back to shore, and that Robert Allen had jumped into the surf to assist his son. She then said that she'd lost sight of both of them, according to USCG.
USCG units responded—including a 47-foot Motor Life Boat, two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters, the cutter Swordfish, and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.
Rescuers did locate Robert Allen in the water, but he was later pronounced dead after failed attempts to revive him.
"Throughout the day, multiple reports came in from good Samaritans of objects in the water, with only sea lions seen at the first location and a crab pot buoy located at the second location," said the USCG statement.
Many of the USCG crews searched through the night, but were unable to locate Samuel Allen.
According to the USCG, sea conditions were one to two foot high seas, swells up to eight feet high, 11 mile per hour winds, but good visibility.
Coast Guard crews were assisted by OSP, Rockaway Beach Fire and Rescue, Rockaway Beach Police, Tillamook County dispatch and Tillamook County Sheriff's Office personnel.
(Updated as of 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 7)
UPDATE: Oregon State Police (OSP) have released the names of the two victims in an incident on Rockaway Beach on Wednesday, where a father and his son were lost under Pacific waves.
The father has been identified as 50-year-old Robert Allen. His son was 17-year-old Samuel Allen. Both of them hailed from Fort Collins, Colorado.
According to OSP, Samuel Allen is still missing and is presumed dead. Robert Allen's body was recovered by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.
(Updated as of 9:35 a.m. on Thursday, June 7)
ROCKAWAY BEACH, ORE.- Wednesday around 2:30PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and 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 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, age 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 who was pronounced dead. The 17 year old male is still missing and is presumed to be deceased.
At this time the search is still ongoing for the 17 year old male.
OSP was assisted by Rockaway Beach Fire and Rescue, the Rockaway beach Police Department, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance and the United States Coast Guard.
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