Two dead, two rescued at beach in Santa Cruz County

June 30, 2013 7:12:53 PM PDT
Officials say two women in their 30s died when they fell into the ocean at Bonny Doon Beach Sunday afternoon.

The accident happened at about 3:30 p.m. when a large wave swept the women and two men out to sea along Highway 1 in Santa Cruz County.

The women were rescued by a lifeguard and transported to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead.

After being swept into the water, the men made it to a rock where they were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter. They did not suffer any major injuries.

Officials say the surf was very rough at the time.