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Two missing at sea are presumed dead

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Two Chinese tourists were swept out to sea at Bird Rock in Pebble beach, on Jan. 21, and are now missing and presumed dead.

They are married and traveled to the Monterey Peninsula with their child and a Chinese tour group in a tour bus. The couple officially became missing at around 75 feet from the coastline.

The couple has been described as being in their 50s, and they were last spotted photographing the waves at Bird Rock with their tour group. Reportedly, the pair went against the tour guides’ advice and warnings.

A rogue wave appeared and struck against the rocks and reportedly pulled one of the tourists into the sea. According to the firefighters, the other attempted to rescue the threatened spouse by jumping into the waves.

More people nearly went missing when crowds gathered to observe the 20-foot waves at Lover’s Point but were dispersed by an incoming wave.

A search was conducted to rescue the missing couple. At the searches disposal were several helicopters and fire crews searching the shores.

The search for the couple has been halted due to unsafe conditions and worsening weather.

More people nearly went missing when crowds gathered to observe the 20 foot waves at Lover’s Point, but were dispersed by an incoming wave.

A body was recovered by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office near Bird Rock in Pebble Beach. However, the body has not been confirmed to belong to either of the tourist’s.

Their child was left behind uninjured as the couple were swept by the current.

Coast Guard Ensign Courtney Hansen was tasked with notifying the family of the couple and Coast Guards who reside in Beijing.

Captain Tony Ceraolo, the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander said, “I extend my deepest condolences to family and friends of the two people that went missing earlier today.”

 

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