Love story which ends in Sharp Park ocean tragedy-- still, he was a hero, so were the swimmers who helped her. Follow-up from the Tuesday, 2/9/16 CBS account of this story, Fix Pacifica reprint, 2/10/16, "Sharp Park sneaker wave, surf, riptide claims Pacifican."
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swimmers too late for Larry, save Claudia.
"A Pacifica man swept out to sea Tuesday (2/9/16) died trying to save his wife from a sneaker wave. The couple, 61-year-old Larry and 63-year-old Claudia Moore, had just finished picnicking and were walking along the beach when Claudia was pulled into the water by the undertow. ...
Her feet were barely in the water, the wife said, when larger waves suddenly crashed down. Her husband took their dog back to the sand and turned around to see his wife falling into the rising water. “He tried to grab my hand, and I told him, ‘No, I’ll hold on. Go get help,’” Claudia Moore said. It felt like everything happened within a matter of seconds, she said. Her husband dived in after her, but they were quickly separated. She decided to ride the swell and floated to the top of the water. About 40 or 50 feet out from the shore, she said, two men helped her swim back to the beach.
.... The couple met on BART in the early ’90s and immediately fell in love, she said. They had been married for 20 years and lived in Pacifica since 2004. She said it was a twist of fate which wave he got and which one she got. 'He gave his life for me but just couldn’t get to me,' she said. 'He would tell me, ‘I can’t lose you. I can’t lose you.’ About 40 or 50 feet out from the shore, she said, two men helped her swim back to the beach." Read article.
Note photograph. Image face page to CBS local/San Francisco, 2/9/16, 10:20 pm news video, 3:26 minute, "Man dies after wave knocks him into the waters of Pacifica." .... "The San Mateo County coroner’s office said Larry Moore was pronounced dead at 3:20 p.m., about five minutes after he was pulled from the ocean by a Coast Guard helicopter. ... The woman was pulled to safety by an unknown party by the time rescuers arrived, but Larry Moore appeared to be unconscious when he was pulled from the water. Both the man and the woman were taken to a hospital." (The above Fix Pacifica reprint article link includes this news account).
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