ROCKAWAY BEACH, OR - The names of the father and son involved in Wednesdays tragedy in Rockaway have been released. They are Robert Joseph Allen, age 50, and Samuel Vicente Allen, age 17, from Fort Collins, CO.
According to the Oregon State Police, on Wednesday, June 6th at about 2:21pm, emergency personnel responded to a report of two people in distress in the ocean off of Rockaway Beach.
Oregon State Police's preliminary investigation revealed Samuel was riding a Boogie Board in the surf when he was knocked off his board by a wave. Family members, on the shore, could see he was in distress. His father, Robert 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 local emergency responders and the US Coast Guard. While flying over the area, a US Coast Guard helicopter located and recovered the father, who was deceased.
The Coast Guard is continuing its search today for 17 year old Samuel Allen who is presumed to be deceased.
Oregon State Police 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.