Man drowns after trying to save dog from large wave in California (video)

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By: Anika Rao 

(Scroll down for video) A California man was killed after being swept out to sea while trying to save his drowning dog from a large wave, according to coast guard officials in California.

The man drowned Tuesday, after he was swept out to sea while trying to save his dog near Point Reyes, the Coast Guard said.

The unidentified man and his wife were walking along the coast near Point Reyes around 12:30 p.m., when a rogue wave hit the dog, Coast Guard Lieutenant Mark Leahey said.

"The man went after the dog and the woman was in the water too. His wife and the dog made ​​it back to shore safely, but unfortunately, the man was carried out at sea," Leahey said.

The Coast Guard sent a helicopter from San Francisco and a 47-foot lifeboat from Bodega Bay, and found the man's body around 4:00 p.m. Leahey said that the man was brought back to shore and was declared dead.