Brisbane man drowns in Tomales Bay

February 17, 2009 3:29:27 PM PST
A 42-year-old Brisbane man apparently drowned during a canoe outing in Tomales Bay Saturday, according to the Marin County Coroner's Office.

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Austin Cruz Crisologo and another man, also believed to be a Peninsula resident, were about 200 yards offshore when their canoe took on water and capsized around 12:30 p.m., said Colin Smith, chief ranger at the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Someone walking on the beach saw the men in the water and called 911 from Pierce Point Road, Smith said. The men were brought to shore at Heart's Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park.

Coroner's investigator Jeff Sherman said Crisologo was pronounced dead at the beach at 1:57 p.m. Autopsy results are pending, Sherman said.

Laura Wong, supervising ranger with California State Parks, said the 40-year-old man who survived was taken by air ambulance to Petaluma Valley Hospital. His name has not been released.

A state parks ranger from Samuel P. Taylor State Park and personnel from the Inverness Volunteer Fire Department, the Marin County Sheriff's Office and National Park Service also were at the scene, Wong said.

She said the two men had put the canoe in the water at Chicken Ranch Beach, the local name of a popular small-craft launching area.

Wong described the area as a patchwork of land owned by the county, state and the Point Reyes National Seashore. She said she is waiting for reports from the National Park Service and Marin County Fire Department.

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