Search under way for Oregon father, young son swept out to sea

CAPE BLANCO, Ore. - A desperate search continues Monday for a father and his young son who were swept out to sea along the southern coast of Oregon.

The Coast Guard said the incident occurred around 1 p.m. in a Boice Cope County Park beach, two miles north of Cape Blanco.

Officials say the mother watched helplessly as the waves pulled her husband - identified by police as 31-year-old Jayson Dean Thomas of Elmira, Oregon - and their 3-year-old son out to sea.

The Coast Guard searched the area by helicopter and state troopers were on the ground looking for the victims, who are from Eugene, Ore.

State police spokesman Capt. Bill Fugate says the waves were large Sunday because of an approaching storm.

So far searchers have only found the man's coat and the baby carrier he was wearing.

The ocean water at the site was said to be about 48 degrees.

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