ILWACO, Wash. -- A man drowned and another man was rescued Saturday after their inflated raft capsized off Benson Beach in Washington, the Pacific County Sheriff said.
John Beaumeir, 55, of Woodinville, Washington was unable to make it to shore after he was separated from his raft that was repeatedly pounded by strong waves.
Rescuers spotted Beaumeir unconscious in the ocean and dragged him to shore where they administered CPR. They were not able to revive him.
Beaumeir's friend, 28-year-old Israel Anderson, was able to hold onto the partially deflated raft and one paddle, which he used to get to shore.
Both men worked as nurses at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
"The waves don't look rough but there is a pretty strong undertow out there," Sheriff Scott Johnson said. "The ocean isn't safe for recreational swimming. We suggest no one goes out past their ankles."
Neither man was wearing a life jacket.
"The people who live here know how dangerous the ocean can be," Johnson said. "Often, visitors from out of town are deceived by the waves."