Healdsburg Woman Swept Away in Costa Rica

Surfers save her son, but were unable to find her.

By Mathew Luschek
|  Thursday, Nov 3, 2011  |  Updated 4:48 PM PDT
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Healdsburg Woman Swept Away in Costa Rica

Rhiannon Hull who died while swimming off the shore of Costa Rica.

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A 33-year-old Healdsburg woman, who moved to Costa Rica with her 6-year-old son, was swept out to sea, while swimming last week.

Rhiannon Hull and her son Julian had moved to Costa Rica, where she started the Escuela Sol y Pura Vida, a Waldorf Kindergarten school.

Her husband Norman, and 8-year-old son were scheduled to join the pair in mid-November.

According to the Press Democrate, Rhiannon and Julian were swimming off the coast, when a surfer spotted her struggling to keep her son's head above water. The surfer was able to save Julian, but after several dives in the murky water, was unable to find Rhiannon.

Hull family friend Scott Keneally  told the Democrate,

“The surfer grabbed her son and by the time he turned back around she was gone,” adding, “She had exhausted all her energy waiting for help and saving her son.”

Officials launched a search party to find Hull, but after sending out boats and helicopters, she was not able to be located, until Sunday when her body was recovered about two miles from shore.

Hull's husband and other son flew in to attend a memorial, which included about 100 people.

There will be a local memorial as well for Rhiannon. People are encouraged to share thoughts, and bring photos.

Sunday, November 6 · 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Location Studio Barndiva
237 Center St.
Healdsburg, CA

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the "Julian and Gianni Hull Waldorf Education Fund" through Wells Fargo. More information will be available at the memorial, or email

jenn@yogaoncenter.com

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