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Dad dead, son presumed dead in ocean at Rockaway

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A teenage boy is still missing and presumed dead after disappearing into the ocean off Rockaway Beach Wednesday afternoon.

The boy -- identified as Samuel Vicente Allen -- was visiting the Oregon Coast from Fort Collins, Colorado with his family when he got into trouble in the water.

Samuel, 17, was boogie boarding when a wave knocked him off his board and he became distressed. His family on the shore saw this and his dad, 50-year-old Robert Joseph Allen, went in after him. 

The Samuel's stepmom told search crews she lost sight of them and called for help. 

The US Coast Guard brought a helicopter to search for the pair and ultimately recovered the Robert's body. 

Officials said Samuel is still missing but is presumed dead. He was last seen wearing a black wet suit. 

Coast Guard helicopters stopped searching for Samuel's body after sunset. They resumed the search in the morning, but said shortly before 10 a.m. that the search had been "suspended."

Locals said the water was extremely choppy and cold.

"I saw the foam and I just knew it was a very rough day," Mike Moar said. "The surf got really high this afternoon, went up like 4 or 5 feet."

Vickie Gross, who watched the search from her condo, began to realize this was very serious.

"We kept watching and one of the helicopters lowered its blades down and started to spread the waves out flatter," Gross said. "They dropped a swimmer into the water and then that swimmer had a body lifted with him and brought him to the shore."

Gross said she saw rescuers give the father CPR before he was driven away.

"A wife lost her husband and son today," witness Erik said. "Just keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Give your kids a hug."

Follow Jennifer Dowling on Twitter @jendowlingkoin6 


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