1 dead, 1 hospitalized after being swept to sea while fishing in Northern California beach

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SAN FRANCISCO — One man died and another was hospitalized after being swept off the rocks while fishing in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

A spokeswoman for the National Park Service says rescuers responded to a distress call around noon Sunday by boaters who saw the men swept into the water near the southern end of Rodeo Beach in Marin County.

Alexandra Picavet (pick-uh-vet) says crews pulled a man who was clinging to a rock offshore. They searched the choppy waters for about 40 minutes before finding the other man. They performed CPR but couldn't resuscitate him.

The first man was taken to a hospital. Picavet said she didn't know the extent of his injuries.

Sneaker waves, rip currents and high surf are common in the area this time of year.

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