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Marin Coroner IDs Father and Son Who Drowned Near Bonita Cove

Authorities say a 9-year-old San Francisco boy drowned Friday evening after being struck by a large wave while fishing on the Marin side of the Bay; his 39-year-old father died while trying to save him.

A San Francisco man and his 9-year-old son drowned late Friday afternoon in the frigid bay near Bonita Cove when a large wave swept the boy into the water while they were fishing and the father drowned while trying to save his son, according to a spokesman for the coroner division of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

Juan Escamillo-Rojas, 37, and his son Juan Carlos Escamillo-Monroy, 9, were pronounced dead at around 5:30 p.m. Friday at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Golden Gate station in Sausalito after being pulled out of the bay, Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said.

Authorities were called to the scene at around 5 p.m. Friday when the Coast Guard received reports of a pair of distressed swimmers near the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, Coast Guard officials said.

Boyd said that preliminary information indicated that three people were fishing along the shoreline near Bonita Cove when a large wave swept them into the water. Escamillo-Rojas and another man were able to hold onto the rocks, but Escamillo-Monroy was not.

Escamillo-Rojas swam out to try and save his son but was unable to make it back to shore after reaching his son, Boyd said.

Personnel from the Coast Guard, Southern Marin Fire Protection District, Tiburon Fire Department, National Park Service and Marin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area. 

Escamillo-Rojas and Escamillo-Monroy were pulled from the water by a Tiburon Fire Department boat and taken to a Coast Guard station for evaluation by medics, according to the Coast Guard.

They were pronounced dead after arriving at the station, Boyd said.

tony masi December 30, 2012 at 06:03 PM
It is a sad story. However, I don't see the need to jump to such a harsh conclusion about the residents of Marin. Was there something about this unfortunate incident that helped formulate or added credence to your belief regarding attitudes in Marin?
Gwynaeth Atwood-Petti December 30, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I agree,why say people don't care because of their nationality? It's a sad loss,plain and simple!
Marinnativ3 December 30, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Read the comments about the kid who jumped in the creek to escape the cops. I was born and raised in Marin. After 40 years here I am finally moving. Still own property here but this county is done....r.I.p Marin county I knew and loved.
Magoo December 30, 2012 at 08:58 PM
This is a sad event. Whenever I had gone fishing on some rocks, I would not go that close to the waves. However, the history of circumstances are not the same with these victims as with the person jumping into the creek. That may turn out to be unfortunate, but did all these "close" friends and family know he had all these issues AND try to help him?
Rachelle Sarosi January 01, 2013 at 02:57 AM
I guess all those dedicated Coast Guard and Firemen who went to help these people and risk their lives are d-bags too. Come on Pancho Villa where were you to help these people...... Thats what I thought......

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