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Astounding Video of Massive Waves; Child Missing in Surf on Oregon Coast

Published 01/11/2020 at 7:45 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Astounding Video of Massive Waves; Child Missing in Surf on Oregon Coast

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(Oregon Coast) – (UPDATE: one death confirmed). Saturday's storm action produced some astounding video and images, but it also proved deadly for one group. As of Saturday evening, the U.S. Coast Guard was searching for a child missing in the surf on the north coast after the boy, a man and another young girl were swept away by a freak wave that shot upwards onto a path above the beach. (Photo above courtesy Seaside Aquarium's Tiffany Boothe)

According to Tillamook County authorities, a 47-year-old man from Portland and his seven-year-old daughter were rescued and taken to the hospital in Seaside. The young girl has died; the father survived. The search for the boy was called off about 6 p.m. Saturday and will not resume.

Authorities say the man was holding his two children somewhere near the ocean at Falcon Cove when they were sucked out to sea.

The U.S. Coast Guard was searching by helicopter off Falcon Cove for the child, an area between Cannon Beach and Manzanita, just around the point from Arch Cape. Boats cannot enter the surf because the bar is closed due to ocean conditions, so the only way to search is by helicopter. Oregon State Police were searching on the ground in the area.

Falcove Cove is an extremely dangerous area even in only slightly stormy conditions. This is one of numerous beaches you do not want to go near, but the family was in what is normally considered a safe area.

Storm Videos / Photos

Meanwhile, the day produced some amazing video of the storm, as well as showing others disregarding the extreme dangers.

At top, Tiffany Boothe of Seaside Aquarium caught some rather frightening surges getting extremely close to the hotels at the Cove.


Above, Seaside’s Angi D. Wildt Gallery caught remarkable images that show how far the sea went up towards the Turnaround – a tideline that is normally 1000 feet away.

The ocean is tossing buckets on our entire block right now with the big swell and king tides! 👑🌊🌊🌊

Posted by Depoe Bay Winery on Saturday, January 11, 2020

Down at Depoe Bay, the spouting horn was going especially bonkers. What is usually a maximum height of 20 – 30 feet in the air easily scaled 60 feet or higher Saturday morning. The video shows a truly unusually raucous state.

Ever wonder what it’s like to drive through a Spouting Horn on a King Tide? 📸 @davidDahle

Posted by Discover Depoe Bay on Saturday, January 11, 2020

That video shows the famed feature soaking traffic, but the Depoe Bay Chamber caught that from inside a car. At the end of the video, you can see the watery geyser erupt from the side of the camera’s view and suddenly the window is covered, almost underwater.

At Neskowin, some scary video is taken from a condo balcony, with gargantuan waves pummeling up hundreds of feet of beach all the way to the soil. It first inundates a parking lot in the distance and nearly knocks over someone, then comes precariously close to the condo. See the video here

Giant waves at high tide in Lincoln City! #kingtide #kingtides

Posted by Rock Your World: Pacific NW Gem & Jewelry Gallery on Saturday, January 11, 2020

Down in Lincoln City, the shop Rock Your World: NW Gem & Jewelry Gallery snagged eye-popping video of the SW 33rd access, where gobs of foam had smothered the parking lot. That’s a sure sign the ocean had plopped its way there a few times, making this a dangerous spot to be. Still, in the video you can see many ignoring those clear dangers. See more photos and video here

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