Dad, 40, drowns trying to save his two children, 6 and 4, who were swept out to sea – as both kids remain missing
A CALIFORNIA dad's lifeless body washed up on shore Sunday after he drowned trying to save his two kids after they got swept away into the water at a Sonoma County beach.
Michael Wyman, 40, a loving father from Petaluma, was found on a Sonoma County beach Monday morning after a sheriff said he jumped into the water trying to rescue his kids.
While playing too close to the water, Wyman's 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son were swept under the strong current and taken further away from land.
Wyman jumped into the water to save his kids when the large waves swept them under, but the Sonoma County Sheriff said the tots too are presumed dead.
Steve Baxman, chief of the Monte Rio Fire Protection District, said the two kids were in the water with their parents when the current took them. Their mom was able to push past the current.
Wyman's body was pulled from the ocean after rescue swimmers arrived at the Blind Beach on Sunday afternoon just after 2:30 PM.
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office posted a number of updates as they continue their search with various agencies and volunteer rescue swimmers over the county's beaches.
"We continue to help State Parks search for the missing 4-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl at Blind Beach. Deputies have been patrolling the coastline by foot since early this morning on this recovery mission," the post read, adding a helicopter "will try to search by air today, weather-permitting."
"The crew is standing by at the hangar waiting for a break in the weather. The dive team will not be searching because it's too dangerous for the divers," the Office continued. We are doing our best to find them to bring closure to the family."
"Please do not go out to the beach to look for the kids. It's very dangerous and we don't want to have any more drowning victims," the Office said, before identifying Wyman. "We send our condolences to his family during this terrible time."
"Yesterday at around 2:30 PM we received multiple 911 calls about a man and two kids who had been pulled into the ocean at Blind Beach. We've been assisting our partners at State Parks since that time," the post ended.
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