On Saturday, afternoon Jeremy Stiles and his two children were swept into the ocean at the Oregon Coast.
Robb Radford has known the family for about 7 years. “I can’t imagine what they’re going through my heart and my prayers go out to them,” he said. “They bring over food sometimes in the summer. ‘You’re working too hard Robb you need to go home,’ type of thing.”
Radford owns a business near their home in Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood where he says the family recently opened their own business called “Mother Lovin’ Coffee.”
“That whole family they love their kids,” Radford said. “They love each other and they’re really tight.”
Family members say Jeremy and the two kids were on an off-beach trail in the Falcon Cove area when a sneaker wave came up the trail and pulled them into the ocean.
When police arrived, the father was struggling to get out of the water.
A Manzanita officer pulled 7-year-old Lola Stiles from the water but she died at the hospital. 4-year-old William is still missing.
At the time of the incident, family members said the children’s mother and grandma were out shopping for dinner.
In a statement, family members said, “Our hearts, as you can imagine, could not be more broken as both children were loved beyond measure by our entire family and so many others.”
7-year-old Lola was a student at Vestal Elementary School.
The principal wrote, “There are truly no words for such a tragedy, we love the Stiles family so much and keep them all in our hearts.”
The National Weather Service describes a sneaker wave as “a larger-than-average swell that can suddenly and without warning surge dozens of feet higher up the beach than expected.”