Woman Drowns After Trying to Save 3 Children in Northern California
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 3, 2018
Aarti Senthilvel, 47, of Pleasanton, CA was visiting Cowell Ranch State Beach with her family when three children, including one of her own, were pulled out into the water by the undertow, according to AP.
Other adults present at the scene formed a human chain to get the kids out of the water, but in the midst of the emergency no one realized what had happened to Senthilvel.
“While they were attending to the children they didn’t realize she was taken by the undertow,” Detective Rosemerry Blankswade of the San Mateo County sheriff's department said.
Emergency personnel arrived and pulled Senthilvel from the water but were unable to save her.
A relative said Senthilvel was known for helping others.
Bill Wolcott, California State Parks Public Safety Superintendent, said the waves were small on Sunday, but ocean currents always pose a risk.
“Cowell Beach is definitely infamous for this type of current, and we want to remind everybody with the holiday coming up to be safe,” Blankswade said.
Senthilvel’s death followed three similar incidents in California last month in which people drowned or nearly died while rescuing children.
A father and daughter drowned in the San Joaquin River, the Visalia Delta Times reported .
Another person drowned and one nearly died trying to rescue children from the Kaweah River, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) north of Los Angeles.
Days later, a 7-month-old boy was rescued from the same river. His rescuer survived but was seriously injured.
In early June, a 36-year-old Los Angeles man drowned after he was swept down the Middle Fork of the Kawaeh River.