Woman drowns after being knocked down by wave at Sharp Park Beach


Posted by on Sun, March 28, 2010

A woman was swept away by a wave a little before 1:45pm at Sharp Park Beach in Pacifica, reports Bay Cities News. The woman was found floating face down about 35 feet from the shore. She was removed from the water by two members of the fire department and taken to Seton Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

After talking with family members and witnesses at the scene, investigators determined the woman had entered the water to rescue one of her dogs and was knocked down by a large wave and swept away from the beach. Family members and witnesses were unable to reach her in the heavy surf.

The dog was able to swim back to shore, police said.

The woman, whose name is not being released until her family is notified of the death, drowned in the same area where a 44-year-old man is presumed to have drowned less than two weeks ago.

On March 18, Richard Serrano Jr. entered the waters off Sharp Park Beach and was knocked down by several waves. He never resurfaced and his body has not been found.


Having gone through this personally at Montara Beach… never ever go after to save a dog in a rogue wave scenario. They are FAR better swimmers, usually survive and muster quite well in these situtations.

Better still, keep your dog on a leash at the beach. Or off the beach entirely.

>>Better still, keep your dog on a leash at the beach. Or off the beach entirely.

Uh oh, bring on the anti/pro dog argument. It’s party time.