SANTA CRUZ, Calif.—Authorities say two women died and two men had to be rescued after a wave swept them into the water off a Central California beach.

The women and men were together at Bonny Doon Beach west of Santa Cruz when they were pulled in around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Mike Lutz says the two men were able to reach some rocks. They were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/13hEIDd) that the women were pulled from the water by lifeguards and the Santa Cruz Harbor Patrol.

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Information from: Santa Cruz Sentinel, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com