Fifth person drowns trying to rescue a dog
January 28, 2013
A Northern California woman drowned over the weekend while trying to save her dog from strong ocean waves. [ABC]
The 32-year-old woman was overpowered by what has been dubbed a “sneaker wave” near Shelter Cove in Humboldt County, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Her boyfriend avoided being pulled out to sea by climbing on a rock.
Four other people have drowned in the area in the past few months while trying to save their dogs from the rough surf.
In November, a Northern California mother, father and their 16-year-old son all drowned while trying to save their dog from strong ocean waves. The dog managed to get out of the water on his own.
On New Year’s Day, a man drowned while trying to rescue his dog on the beach near Point Reyes in Marin County.