1 dead, 1 missing as grandfather, granddaughter swept out to sea

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San Mateo Fire recovered a 5-year-old girl who was swept out to sea on Saturday afternoon at Marins Beach in Half Moon Bay. 

Coast Guard officials stated she was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead. 

Rescue teams searched 100 square miles for a 54-year-old man who was also swept out to sea for over 22 hours. 

The search was suspended on Sunday afternoon. 

The Coast Guard confirmed the two were grandfather and granddaughter.

“The decision to suspend search efforts is one of the hardest decisions to make, but our crews searched for nearly 24 hours without any sightings of the missing person,” said Capt. Jordan Baldueza, deputy commander, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. 

On Saturday, at around 1:20 p.m., the Coast Guard received a call about two people being swept out to the sea. 

A helicopter and a rescue boat were deployed to help with the search. 

They were able to find the 5-year-old girl. She was airlifted to Stanford Hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

The Coast Guard has taken over the search. The USCG Cutter Hawksbill searched through the night for the man. The Coast Guard decided to call off the search around 12:38 p.m. Sunday.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.