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4-year-old boy missing, 7-year-old girl dead after being swept into Pacific Ocean off Oregon coast

New York Daily News — Kate Feldman New York Daily News

Jan. 12-- Jan. 12--The Coast Guard called off the search for a missing 4-year-old boy late Saturday after he was pulled into the ocean off the coast of Oregon.

The young boy, along with his 7-year-old sister and father, was swept into the Pacific Ocean by a wave near Falcon Cove around noon on Saturday, according to KATU.

The girl and man were rescued from the water and hospitalized in Seaside, where she was pronounced dead.

The man's condition is unknown.

Coast Guard crews spent most of Saturday afternoon searching for the boy, but were unable to bring boats into the water because of safety concerns. Helicopters flew over the shoreline and officials searched the ground, but with no luck.

The search was called off Saturday and "there are no plans to search Sunday," according to KATU.

"We've exhausted our resources," Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier, a regional spokesman for the Coast Guard, told the Oregonian. "We're obviously hoping for the best, but at this point it's very challenging."

The National Weather Service warned Saturday about "destructive waves (that) may wash over beaches, jetties, and other structures unexpectedly."

"People can be swept off rocks and jetties and drown while observing the high surf," officials cautioned.

None of the family members have been publicly identified yet.

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