Recovery efforts on hold for woman’s body at Fort Funston

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The recovery effort for the body of a woman who was buried under a cliffside collapse at Fort Funston has been put on hold.

Crews had to pause the search due to safety concerns from the high tide. They will continue to monitor conditions until they can resume the search for the missing woman. 

Fire crews spent hours searching for her on Friday afternoon at the popular San Francisco beach.

The National Park Service took over recovery efforts Saturday morning. Fire crews on scene used a boat to extend the search because through the night the tide washed away a pile of sand they believed the woman was buried under.

Authorities have determined the victim’s body is either still buried at the base of the bluff or was carried out to the ocean on the early morning high tide. 

On Friday, 65 crew members and two K9 search dogs actively worked to find the woman after the cliff collapsed around 2:40 p.m.

Two women in their mid-20’s and a dog were walking on the beach at the time. One woman was safely rescued and suffered non-life threatening injuries. The dog is also safe and being taken care of by Animal Control.

Officials have not released the identity of the women at this time.

Lieutenant Jonathan Baxtar with San Francisco Fire Department says they have even tried using cellphones and other electronics to locate the woman. 

Crews had to stop their work on Friday evening due to visibility but continued Saturday morning. 

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