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U.S.Coast Guard photo above shows the area of Big Lagoon State Park- site of search for three people swept into the ocean.
According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, dated Mon., Nov. 26, 2012:
The Coast Guard suspended its search for the 16-year-old who was swept out to sea from a beach near Big Lagoon State Park on Saturday (Nov. 24). At 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, the Coast Guard received notification from the Humboldt County Sheriffâ€™s department that three people had been swept into the ocean. Group Air Station Humboldt Bay dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew and two 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crews from Station Humboldt Bay to search the area.
Upon arriving on scene, the Coast Guard was advised by the Sheriff's Department that two bodies had been recovered, and that a 16-year-old male was still missing. Crews searched the six-square mile area around the state park by air and sea until suspending at 6:45 p.m. due to heavy fog and darkness. "This unfortunate and tragic event is a reminder of the ruthlessness and unrelenting power of the ocean here along the northern California coast," said Lt. Bernie Garrigan, the Group Humboldt Bay public affairs officer. "With the holiday season upon us and more people out for walks along the beach, it is critically important to maintain situational awareness and stay away from the surf which can quickly build and catch people off guard."
Use the player below to hear updated information on this incident. This information was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Cynthia Elkins, on the KMUD Local News, Thurs., Nov 29, 2012.
The U.S. Coast Guard image below shows the search patterns used in attempts to locate the missing 16-year-old male.