HALF MOON BAY -- The U.S. Coast Guard said at 3:32 p.m. Sunday the 5-year-old girl who was swept out to sea on Saturday was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Coast Guard officials said at 2:53 p.m. Sunday it called off the search for a 54-year-old man who, along with the child, was swept off Martins Beach in Half Moon Bay by a wave on Saturday.
The Coast Guard said Sunday crews searched for approximately 22 hours and scoured 100 square miles.
The incident followed National Weather Service warnings of an increased risk of potentially deadly sneaker waves Saturday and early Sunday.
The risk was highest on northwest-facing beaches from coastal Sonoma County to Monterey County, forecasters said.
Sneaker waves suddenly surge much farther up the beach than expected and can overtake the unaware, according to the weather service. The waves can sweep people into frigid water.
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