BODEGA BAY (BCN) – An Auburn woman drowned Friday morning at Portuguese Beach north of Bodega Bay on the Sonoma Coast when she went into the surf after her dog, State Parks Public Safety Superintendent Jenny Donovan said.

Donovan said State Parks rangers at the Salmon Creek station about two miles away were informed of the incident at 8:08 a.m.

The woman and her boyfriend were walking two dogs on the beach. One of the dogs went into the water and the woman went after it, Donovan said.

She was caught in the surf and quickly washed out to sea. The boyfriend, a State Parks ranger and another person were able to get the woman back on the shore, but she had been in the cold water for about 20-25 minutes, Sgt. Dave Thompson.

State Parks personnel gave the woman CPR before the Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter arrived but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The helicopter crew used a long-line to bring the woman to the top of a nearby bluff and a chaplain responded to the scene, Thompson said.

The dog perished and washed ashore, Thompson said.

The Sonoma County coroner’s office has not released the woman’s identity.

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Comments (10)
  1. athenia says:

    Sad story! I probably would have done the same thing! Dogs should be on a leash, it would have saved them both! Depressing ending.

    1. Elizabeth Pate-Morton says:

      Same here – I have a bulldog and he can”t swim and neither can I so I would never let him off leash near the water or we woudl both be gonners. Prayers to the family of the woman and her pet. So sad! 😦

      1. Jamie Stevens says:

        This breaks my heart! I would have done the same thing, my dog means everything to me. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family and friends!

  2. RealityCheck says:

    Ah, Darwin strikes again. Sorry folks but it is only a DOG! I have been and am a lifelong dog owner. I love my dogs, however, I will not pay thousands of dollars on surgeries for them nor will I risk my life over one. There are lots of pooches at the shelter that need a good home and they are easily replaced. People really need to put things back in perspective. I will probably get a lot of hate for this but I call it like I see it and if you don’t like it – I REALLY DON’T CARE! The woman should have had more sense.

  3. lisa says:

    WoW reality check you are a piece of work. I know the woman personally I worked with her and as a nurse she had plenty of common sense and a huge heart that helped many. maybee even you in the past. but hey you suffer from what we nurses call HUB ” head up butt”. Im sure she thought she could just grab the dog real quick and be out in a jiffy. I doubt she thought if would have taken her life. I guess if you are a bitter poor excuse of a human being that i really dont like sharing my air with, anything is replacable, because you dont have a heart to care… I REALLY HATE PEOPLE LIKE YOU REALITY CHECK!!!!!

    1. RealityCheck says:

      I am glad you REALLY HATE PEOPLE LIKE ME. Anything I can do to get your blood pressure up just let me know. She could have been Mother Teresa but the fact is she did not have common sense. Most of the time whenever people go into the ocean after their dogs and die, the dogs swim to safety. Not so in this case, but this was an aberration. Just like all the fools who drive around crossing gates and onto train tracks or drive through water flowing across a bridge or roadway and who are then swept away and die. I am not at all bitter, actually I am quite happy and content. And yes, pretty much anything is replaceable, except for someone’s life. Sorry Lassie, you got yourself into the predicament, now get yourself out. If you feel so passionately about saving animals there is a loon stuck in some pond that needs your help. And believe me, I earn my oxygen, unlike so many others, perhaps you included in that. KISSES – XOXOXOXOXO

  4. Brandie, Lynda, Char says:

    We knew Cindy personalshe was a great CNA ( Certified Nursing Assistant). Cindy put others before herself thats what CNA do. Reality Check you would have been honored to know such a wonderful caring person. Next time you are in the hospital think about the person that is helping you in the your time of need, it could have been our loving caring friend, you selfish ass.

  5. Aaron says:

    Cindy was such an asset to the rehab dept. and always had a smile on her face. She was not a throw caution to the wind kind of person and was an intuitive person with a great big heart for people. Jumping in the water to try to save her pup is a typical response, something similar I saw time to time at my place of work in Auburn; she was always willing to go the extra mile for the team. She will be missed by many. Go with God Cindy and may your Joy be full now.

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