Dad drowns while trying to save his kids at Sonoma County beach

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The Petaluma man's two children - a 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son - remain missing.

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — A father drowned Sunday trying to save his children after they got swept into the water at a Sonoma County beach.

He was identified on Monday morning as 40-year-old Michael Wyman from Petaluma.

Wyman’s 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son are still missing and presumed dead, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff.

Wyman jumped into the water after his kids got taken by the large waves while playing too close to the water, officials say.

Monte Rio Fire Protection District Chief Steve Baxman said the two children and their mother and father were pulled into the water, according to Bay City News. The mother was able to get out of the water.

The father’s body was pulled from the ocean after several agencies and rescue swimmers arrived to Blind Beach Sunday around 2:30 p.m.

CHP H-30 is currently with Sonoma County Sheriff Henry 1, California State Parks, the USCG, Bodega Fire, and firefighters from Sonoma County assisting in the search for two children in the water.

Sonoma County Sheriff and California State Parks is investigating.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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