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Mother Swept To Sea While Memorializing Son On Sonoma Coast

JENNER (CBS/AP) -- Authorities say a 75-year-old woman who drowned after being swept by a wave at Sonoma Coast State Park had come to the beach to memorialize her oldest son who died a year ago.

Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Crum tells the Press Democrat Evelyn Moore was standing Friday at the edge of the surf and had thrown flowers into the water when several large waves knocked her off balance and swept her out to sea.

Crum says a state parks lifeguard, swam out and retrieved her and started CPR but couldn't revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

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