A California man who waded into choppy waves to rescue his wife and dog drowned after he was swept out to sea on New Year's day.
Charles Quaid, 59, entered the Pacific Ocean at Point Reyes National Seashore after his wife and dog became caught in tumultuous waves, Marin County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Giannini confirmed to NBC News.
The undertow and rip currents at the beach were so powerful they "would challenge even the strongest swimmers," Giannini said.
Good Samaritans helped wrench Quaid's wife from the 10-to-12-foot waves, according to Giannini, and the family's dog returned to shore unharmed.
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