FORT COLLINS - The Fort Collins father who drowned Wednesday trying to rescue his son, who remains missing, in the Pacific Ocean off the Oregon Coast was a Fossil Ridge High School teacher, school district officials confirmed Friday.

U.S. Coast Guard crews located Robert Joseph Allen, 50, after his wife called 911 to report that she had lost sight of him and his 17-year-old son, Samuel Vicente Allen. The younger Allen could not be located and is presumed dead. Coast Guard officials said they made the hard decision to suspend the search Thursday.

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The school district confirmed Thursday that Samuel Allen was a student at Rocky Mountain High School.

The father and teacher, known as Joe Allen, had taught 10 years at Fossil Ridge High School. He worked as the Alternative Cooperative Education coordinator at the school, teaching vocational and transitional skills to students with educational disabilities.

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