Father drowns trying to save 2 children swept into California surf; children presumed dead

Dad drowns trying to save 2 children swept into ocean; children presumed dead

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. — A father drowned Sunday while attempting to save his two children who were swept into the surf off a Sonoma County beach.

The 6-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy remain missing and are presumed dead, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office told KRON.

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The 40-year-old father, who has not been publicly identified, reportedly jumped into the water off Blind Beach after large waves swept his children into the water, the TV station reported.

The man’s body was pulled from the water by a friend and his wife at around 2:30 p.m., KGO reported.

According to KRON, California State Parks is investigating alongside the sheriff’s office with search assistance provided by the California Highway Patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard, Bodega Fire and firefighters from Sonoma County.