An unidentified man in California drowned at Point Reyes National Seashore Tuesday after being swept out to sea trying to save his dog from a dangerous wave.
The man and his wife were walking along the coast near Point Reyes around 12:30 p.m. when a "rogue wave overtook the dog," said Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Mark Leahey.
One report said the three were knocked down by the same wave. A person nearby managed to retrieve the woman while her husband made an attempt to save the dog. He was knocked over, pulled out to sea and carried down the beach by the current.
The man's wife and their dog were able to make it back to shore after also getting swept out into the cold water. The wife was evaluated by paramedics and released with no injuries.
The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from its San Francisco air station and a 47-foot life boat from Bodega Bay, and found the man's body three hours later, around 4 p.m.
USA Today reports that in November, three people drowned while trying to rescue their dog from high, dangerous waves at Point Reyes. The Independent noted that four days ago, a 9-year-old boy was swept into the bay while fishing with his father. The father died trying to save his son.
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