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A father passed away attempting to save his daughter at Carmel River State Beach, officials say

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Posted at 8:08 PM, Dec 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 07:07:13-05

On Tuesday, a man passed away attempting to save his daughter at Carmel River State Beach in Carmel, according to the Coast Guard.

At about 12:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Monterey County area emergency resources responded to a report of a father and daughter struggling off shore, according to a CAL FIRE press release.

KSBW, an NBC affiliate in Monterey County, says a man and his 12-year-old daughter were at Carmel Beach when a raft she was in started to get swept out to sea. According to rescuers, the father was then caught in the current after he was able to save his daughter.

Rescuers were able to locate, rescue and transport the daughter by AMR ambulance to Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula via ambulance.

Officials say she was suffering from possible hypothermia symptoms.

The father was spotted by a U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter and brought to shore by fire boat.

He was transported to the same hospital as his daughter, but he later succumbed to his injuries.