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Wave sweeps Eugene man and 3-year-old son into ocean

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Rescue crews search for a 31-year-old man and his son who were swept out to sea by a wave on Sunday Jan. 15 2017

By Monday authorities were only able to find the father's jacket and the baby's carrier.

Rescuers have suspended the search for a father and his son after the two were reported swept into the ocean by a freak wave off the coast of OR on Sunday.

Jayson Dean Thomas, 31, of Elmira, and his 3-year-old son were walking Sunday on a beach at Boice Cope Park, about 2 miles north of Cape Blanco when the wave struck, officials said.

State Police spokesman Capt. Bill Fugate said at the time Thomas and his son were swept into the ocean the condition of the water was "rough".

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The US Coast Guard searched with two helicopters and a motor lifeboat, while OSP troopers and other first responders scoured the beach using ATVs. They were on an area of the beach with a steep angle to the water when they were pulled out to sea by a wave. The Coast Guard planned to continue searching by air and ground into the night.

The Oregon Coast Guard was assisted by OSP, Curry County Sheriff's Office, Sixes River Fire, and Port Orford Fire.

Emergency personnel responded to the beach at about 1 p.m.

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