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Man who drowned at Point Reyes may have been swept from rock

The body of a man who may have been swept into the ocean by a wave while fishing from rocks in the Point Reyes National Seashore was pulled from the water Saturday evening, a park spokesman reported.

The man's identity wasn't available Sunday.

He went into the water at the far south end of McClures Beach, on the north end of the national seashore.

A family member had called 911 for help at 2:35 p.m., saying the man might have been swept in by a wave. He'd reportedly been seen in the water, soon after going in, waving his arms for help.

"We've not quite figured all of the details out. Did a rogue wave hit him? Was he walking around on the rocks and slipped and fell?" said John Dell'Osso, spokesman for the Point Reyes National Seashore.

A Coast Guard vessel launched from Bodega Bay after being called to help at 2:47 p.m., said Wes Sedlacek, boatswain's mate second-class.

CHP and Coast Guard helicopters were called to the scene but couldn't help due to heavy fog. Park rangers and Marin County fire and rescue responded from the cliff above, a steep, quarter-mile path from a trailhead parking lot leads down to the beach.

Rangers also responded in a boat launched out of Tomales Bay.

Attempts to retrieve the body were hindered as waves kept pulling him out to sea, Dell'Osso said. At one point, a wave pushed him into shallow water and rangers and firefighters were able to pull him from the water.

The recovery was completed at about 6 p.m.


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