The United States Coast Guard spent hours searching for a man who was not able to make it back to land after getting swept out to the ocean in Point Reyes Tuesday afternoon.
Three hours into the search, they located the man. The Marin County sheriff's office said while "life saving measures" were attempted, they were unable to revive him and the man died.
The man's wife and their dog were able to make it back to shore after also getting swept out into the cold water.
Witnesses said the man intially made it back to shore after helping his wife. They said he went back in for the dog and that is when he was swept out.
The victim has been identified as Charles Quaid of Richmond (pictured below).
The incident was reported at 1 p.m. New Year's Day. Witnesses said the three were walking along the rocks when they were hit by a rogue wave.
The Coast Guard sent a helicopter and a boat to aid in the search for the man, who is reportedly 59 years old. They located him around 4 p.m.
The National Park Service and Marin County Fire also helped in the search.
Quaid was a director of finance for Pacific Business Group on Health.