Coroner ID's Fisherman Swept Off Marin Coast

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

By James Lanaras

Bay City News Service


The Marin County coroner's office has identified the fisherman who died when he was swept out to sea from a beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore on Monday as 84-year-old Silkapin Cruz Sr., of American Canyon.

Cruz was fishing alone on North Beach along the 25000 block of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near the Point Reyes Lighthouse around 12:10 p.m. when a wave knocked over his small ice cooler and carried it into the ocean, authorities said.

Cruz went into the water to get the cooler and was quickly overcome by waves, Point Reyes National Seashore spokesman John Dell'Osso said.

The National Park Service and Sonoma County sheriff's Henry-1 helicopter recovered Cruz's body.

Coroner's Lt. Keith Boyd said the death is considered an accidental drowning. An autopsy was scheduled for today.


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William Bertram January 23, 2014 at 03:27 AM
The place he was fishing, and most of north and south beach has the most dangerous surf and undertows in Marin and almost anywhere along the California coast. If the ocean claims it, never ever go into THOSE waters to get it back. As a fair comparison, think of Stinson beach as a big water pistol or super-soaker. But think of this beach as a multi-directional water cannon that never stops shooting and hitting you.


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