SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – San Francisco Bay Area authorities continued to search Monday for a man who was swept at sea after straying off a path to climb some cliffs and being caught by high surf.
The missing man was with two friends on Sunday afternoon as they scrambled down the cliffs below the Point Bonita lighthouse, said Julian Espinoza, spokesman for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The friends were also swept away, but returned ashore and called 911.
Authorities identified them but said the men were from the San Francisco Bay Area.
The dangerous high surf conditions in Northern California over the weekend led to some rescues elsewhere.
A dozen children on a sailing course were rescued Sunday after several sailing boats capsized in Santa Cruz Harbor. All children who wore life jackets were drawn from the cold water and not injured.
“We just warmed up some children on the backs of some ambulances, we didn’t transport anyone and hand them over to their parents,” Daniel Kline, a battalion chief for the Santa Cruz Fire Department, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It was a very happy result.”
But a woman from the Redwood City area went missing Monday after a large wave pulled her and her husband off the rocks at Pescadero State Beach on Sunday afternoon. First responders said they appeared to be fishing or looking for clams.
The husband made it ashore and was rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Rosemerry Blankswade, a spokeswoman for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, told the Chronicle.
Last week in Sonoma County, a family of four was swept at sea by a powerful ocean wave. Two children are still missing and their father died after trying to save them. The mother made it back to the coast.
The National Weather Service Bay Area tweeted that high astronomical tides, also known as “king tides,” along with larger-than-normal waves on Monday and Tuesday morning will result in minor flooding on the coast.