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Man Who Died at Point Reyes Was Trying to Save Dog
NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013

Posted on 01/02/2013 2:42:48 PM PST by nickcarraway

Victim was a 59 year old from Richmond

The Sonoma County coroner's office has identified a man who was swept out to sea from a beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore on New Year's Day as 59-year-old Charles Francis Quaid, of Richmond (pictured below).

A crew from the U.S. Coast Guard station in Bodega Bay recovered Quaid's body with a 47-foot lifeboat around 4 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

National Park Service ranger John Golda said Quaid and a woman, whom the coroner's office identified as Quaid's wife, were walking a dog along the north end of Point Reyes Beach, also known as 10-Mile Beach, around 12:30 p.m. when a large wave knocked the woman and dog to the ground.

Quaid went to help them. Witnesses said he was able to help his wife, but when he went for his dog he was knocked down by a series of waves that swept him out to sea.

Bystanders rescued Quaid's wife and the dog, Golda said.

The waves at the time were 10 to 12 feet high, which Golda said is not unusual for that stretch of beach, and there was no high surf advisory.

The Marin County Fire Department was informed of the incident by someone with a cellphone around 12:30 p.m., Battalion Chief Mike Giannini said.

Both the fire department and a Coast Guard helicopter arrived about 20 minutes later, Giannini said.

Quaid had drifted into the surf and was no longer visible from the shore, Giannini said. His body was eventually located and retrieved.

The woman was evaluated by paramedics at the scene and then released, Giannini said.

The Point Reyes National Seashore's website warns visitors of "sneaker waves" that can occur at any time and drag beachgoers out to sea.

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District, Inverness Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol also responded, Giannini said.

A multi-agency water rescue team also responded on two jet skis, Golda said.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dog; doggieping

1 posted on 01/02/2013 2:42:53 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

that is no place to go swimming. treacherous waters
best avoided by the prudent.


2 posted on 01/02/2013 2:44:55 PM PST by RitchieAprile (the obstreperous gentleman..)
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To: nickcarraway

Water temp will get you even if you’re a good swimmer.


3 posted on 01/02/2013 2:49:17 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: nickcarraway
I used to be a city lifeguard, and went into the ocean in Maui last year to bring in a middle aged woman who was calling for help.

Even though she was completely cooperative, I was utterly exhausted by the time I got her to shore.

I will never go into the ocean to help anyone again without a floatation device. To attempt a rescue without one is almost suicidal.

4 posted on 01/02/2013 2:52:01 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping


5 posted on 01/02/2013 3:05:40 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Died while trying to rescue a dog. That’s practically a ticket straight to heaven.


6 posted on 01/02/2013 3:12:34 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: nickcarraway
A picture of Quaid and his wife.


7 posted on 01/02/2013 3:35:06 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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8 posted on 01/02/2013 3:37:17 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: nickcarraway

I was in the USCG a long time, and I’ve never heard of the 47 foot lifeboat.

That’s a lot of rubber.


10 posted on 01/02/2013 4:12:13 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Hopefully he’s at the Rainbow Bridge right now, having a grand old reunion.


11 posted on 01/02/2013 4:45:21 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve ownwed and loved many dogs in my sixty plus years.....never had a one I would die for!!!


12 posted on 01/02/2013 4:50:28 PM PST by ontap
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To: skeeter

I was on the big island a few years ago, standing at the edge of the water and not intending to get my shoes wet.
All of a sudden the water sucked out and came back crashing in on me. I turned and ran but it caught me up to my hips and I could feel the pull. Scared me half to death with the sudden power of the wave.


13 posted on 01/02/2013 6:27:28 PM PST by Ditter
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

FR needs a like button


14 posted on 01/02/2013 6:42:45 PM PST by Figment
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To: nickcarraway

Never leave a member of your pack behind.

The dog and the wife will never forget-—and I daresay the dog will repay his master’s sacrifice ten times over.


15 posted on 01/02/2013 11:04:15 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: nickcarraway

Sad. I don’t think I could stand by and watch my friend die, either.


16 posted on 01/03/2013 5:38:28 PM PST by austingirl
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