A fisherman died in West Marin on Monday after wading into the ocean to retrieve an ice chest that was dragged out by a wave.
The incident occurred at about 12:10 p.m. on North Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Witnesses reported that the fisherman was by himself and got swept out to sea while trying to fetch the cooler, said park spokesman John Dell'Osso.
"They said they lost sight of him within seconds," he said.
The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched two 47-foot rescue boats from Bodega Bay to look for the man, and the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office sent its helicopter crew to assist. Rescuers found the body a short distance away and brought it back to shore, Dell'Osso said.
The park service and the Marin County coroner's division were investigating the death. The man's name, age and city of residence were not available.