CARMEL (CBS SF) — The body of a Carmel teen, who slipped and fell through into a blowhole while hiking along a Northern California beach, has been recovered, authorities announced Tuesday.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a body recovered at Garrapata State Park on Monday is that of 18-year-old Braxton Cooper Stuntz, who was swept out to sea on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Stuntz was hiking with a group of friends at Garrapata Beach, just south of Carmel, when he suddenly slipped and fell 15 feet down the blowhole.

His friends said he gave them a “thumbs up” and then vanished, as 14-foot waves that were 9-seconds apart crashed around him and swept him out, then underwater.

According to Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, Stuntz’s friends immediately went for help.

Members with MCSO Search and Rescue, Mid-Coast Fire, Cal-Fire, California State Park Rangers/Lifeguards, and CHP Helicopter helped in the search effort, but the teen was could not be located.


  1. Hilary Wilson Galbraith says:

    Braxton was a selfless, kind and very talented young man. His family has started a GoFundMe campaign to create a Foundation in his name. The money collected will be used to support causes dear to Braxton, such as the Children’s Surgical Centre, which delivers free healthcare to the impoverished people of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as well as math and science scholarships in Monterey County. Funds raised will additionally go towards improving cell phone service, as well as safety and infrastructure along the coastal area where he died.

    Any donations are greatly appreciated. Please also help spread the word of this worthy effort!