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Search Suspended for Dad and 3-Year-Old Son Swept Out to Sea as Wife Looked On

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The Oregon Coast Guard has suspended the search for a father and son who were swept out to sea Sunday while the man's wife reportedly looked on.

Authorities spent 22 hours searching by helicopter and foot for 31-year-old Jayson Dean Thomas and his 3-year-old son, who were swept into the ocean by a wave, according to reports.

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"The father, Jayson, was carrying the toddler, to the best of our information, in a backpack when he got close to the water a big wave came and swept him off his feet and then out into the ocean," Sgt. Dave Aydelotte said.

Thomas’ wife reportedly witnessed the moment. She then contacted authorities. 

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Oregon State Police officials are working to arrange additional aerial and ground searches, according to reports.

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