Update-Jan. 28, 2013
On Sun., Jan 27, a Shelter Cove woman was swept out to sea and drowned by a sneaker wave while walking along Little Black Sands Beach near Shelter Cove.
Use the player below to hear an interview with Cheryl Anthony, duty officer of the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Dept, describing the rescue attempt and also to hear about a movement to increase sneaker wave warning signage in the Shelter Cove area. This piece was aired on Mon., Jan 28, 2013 on the KMUD Local News by Christina Aanestad.
See below for the original post on this incident.
According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, dated Jan. 27, 2013:
A 32-year-old woman was swept out to sea today while walking on Black Sand Beach with her friend and her dog. Her friend called the Coast Guard, and Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay diverted a helicopter and launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Noyo River to search for the woman in the water. Additionally, Shelter Cove Fire Rescue were called in to assist.
The helicopter was able to locate her within minutes of arriving on scene and relay her position to the Fire Rescue boats. Her body was recovered and brought to the emergency medical personnel on shore, who pronounced her dead.
The Coast Guard reminds everyone to be vigilant while recreating on the beaches in Northern California. Winter is an especially dangerous time, and sneaker waves can catch beach goers by surprise, washing them into the sea. People walking along the beach should not turn their back to the ocean. Families and dog owners should protect themselves and their loved ones from surf zones and avoid low-lying areas.
According to an article in the Times-Standard, the woman who drowned was from Shelter Cove, but as of Sunday, Jan., 27, her name has not been released pending next of kin. Click for more information in the Times Standard