Saturday, March 22, 2008

Tragic California Pathfinder Outing

Mark Darrough drowned last Sunday near a California beach, while trying to save a drowning girl. His daughter, Jessica, died last Tuesday morning after being on life support.

The Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church Pathfinder club was on a field trip to visit the tide pools at Point Lobos State Reserve. Afterwards, they had stopped at Monastery Beach, which is part of Carmel River State Beach, because the kids wanted to "visit a beach with sand."

The group had just arrived at the beach and was rethinking whether it was safe to be there when a 13-year-old member of the group was swept into the water. Several people went into the water to try to rescue the girl, including the Darroughs. Noe Gomez was finally able to pull the 13-year old out of the water, but the Darroughs were "overwhelmed by the waves and undertow."

Jessica, 23, was pulled out of the water first. Mark, 47, was later pulled out; he was in the water for nearly 40 minutes.

Please keep their family and friends in your prayers.

Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church
The Modesto Bee (newspaper article)

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