The trio was out on an off-beach trail, when a sneaker wave, i.e. an abnormally large coastal wave, suddenly hit the trail they were walking on and pulled them in.
A mom was left shattered after her two children and husband were swept into Cannon Beach in Oregon while taking a hike near the water body on January 11. Unfortunately, both the kids lost their lives in this tragic accident and left their 42-year-old father, Jeremy Stiles, hospitalized. Jamie Stiles, the mother, who was also present during the hike, expressed her grief through a heartbreaking post on Facebook. Alongside a picture of her kids taken from the back, Stiles wrote: Words cannot express how grateful I am for the outpouring of love and support to my family.
Furthermore, she expressed: I am not ok right now but am in treatment and will reach my new normal someday soon. I have read every single comment and message sent our way and feel like each one adds a tiny drop of glue to my completely shattered heart. I know Lola and William are surrounding us with their beautiful energy as we navigate a path to peace and healing. Humans are amazing when they come together for each other. I wish I had the time and energy to thank each of you individually but will work on that in the months to come. My babies loved adventure and I know they are off now on the grandest adventure of them all, together. Thank you all again for providing light to my dark days.
A GoFundMe page was immediately created to help the family take care of the funeral expenses. The page also noted that trio was out on an "off-beach trail," when a sneaker wave, i.e. an abnormally large coastal wave, suddenly hit the trail they were walking on and pulled Stile's kids, 7-year-old daughter Lola and 4-year-old son William, and her husband in. Authorities in the Falcon Cove area, Oregan, were informed about the incident around 12:40 p.m. A local officer, who was the first to arrive at the scene shortly after the terrible incident occurred, managed to pull Lola out. She was immediately rushed to the Providence Seaside Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead, reports PEOPLE.
Officials were able to pull Jeremy out of the water and he survived. Currently, he's being treated for hypothermia. A spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard told PEOPLE that William's body was not recovered. The USCG Pacific Northwest also sent out search teams, who kept scouring the water for William's body all day before the search was suspended at 7 PM. Using their Twitter account, the USCG Pacific Northwest Twitter warned the public "to stay away from jetty’s and rocks during these dangerous surf conditions." William's death was later confirmed on his school's website.
#USCG crews continue to search for the child off the #Oregon coast near Falcon Cove... The public is urged to stay away from jetty’s and rocks during these dangerous surf conditions. https://t.co/9Z8uktS3xp— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) 12 January 2020
Vestal Elementary School put out a heartfelt message on its website regretting the loss of both young children. Words will never be enough to capture the sadness of the loss of both Lola and William. I am, though, able to use words to say a huge and heartfelt thank you for the coming together of our community to support one another and support our children. We will continue to grieve and hold space for one another. Our next steps as a community will be considering how we can memorialize Lola and William in a way that honors their sweet lives, their family, and their place in our community. There are stars up above, so far away we only see their light long, long after the star itself is gone. And so it is with people that we loved ‐‐ their memories keep shining ever brightly though their time with us is done. But the stars that light up the darkest night, these are the lights that guide us, it read.