Berkeley Woman Drowned by Wave in Pacifica

Body found south of pier in Sharp Park

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM PDT
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Berkeley Woman Drowned by Wave in Pacifica

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Storm-churned waves hit Pacifica's coastline.

The body of a 37-year-old Berkeley woman was found south of a pier on Sharp Park Beach in Pacifica this weekend after she was swept into the ocean by a strong current, according to police.

At about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, police from Pacifica, paramedics and personnel from the Pacifica and Daly City fire departments responded to Sharp Park Beach in San Mateo County on a report that someone had been swept into the ocean.

When they arrived, friends of the woman, who has been identified as Amy Kelleen Nicholson, told them she had been walking near the surf line when a wave knocked her down. A strong current then swept her further into the water, according to the Police Department.

Nicholson was unresponsive when she was eventually located, and paramedics and firefighters administered medical aide to her. She was transported to Seton Medical Center, but attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful. Police say she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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